The conference is designed to bring together anthropologists and researchers in allied fields whose work focuses on the Rocky Mountains of North America. Anthropologists have lacked a regional conference comparable to, for example, the Plains Conference or the Great Basin Conference, where participants can discuss common problems and issues, compare data, and share information and insights about this vast, varied, and fascinating region.
The individuals who organized the first Rocky Mountain Anthropological Conference envisioned an entity having a fairly informal structure, and that philisophy prevails today. The conference has no formal "society" or other organization to join, and no officers to provide direction. So far, this loose structure has succeeded. The only activity is the conference itself, which takes place every two years.
The first two conferences were successful in providing an intellectually stimulating forum for the presentation and discussion of ideas. We hope that the third conference, in Bozeman, will be equally successful. We look forward to broad participation from workers in all the subfields of anthropology, and from scientists in related fields.