We'll then depart for the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, where we'll view the exhibits. There is usually Native dancing scheduled during this weekend, and we'll try to schedule our visit to coincide with this.Lunch: Lunch at the hotelAfternoon: We'll have some time at leisure after lunch, then depart for the Gathering of Nations venue at the University of New Mexico. Seating is in the general admission area and is not assigned; some blocks of seats are usually held by families and friends of the performers. It may be necessary to negotiate a number of stairs to find available seating.Dinner: Dinner on our own from the vendors along "PowWow Alley"Evening: This evening we'll view PowWow danced and the crowning of Miss Indian World, returning to the hotel at about 10:00 PM.Lodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
After this visit, we'll continue on to Albuquerque's historic Old Town.Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurantAfternoon: Independent explorations of Old Town. There are many shops, galleries, and museums in the area that we can explore on our own.Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurantEvening: Return to the hotel after dinnerLodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Travel into Santa Fe for hotel check-in.Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurantEvening: This evening we'll hear music of the southwest, taught by Native American professional musician and scholar, Ronald Roybal.
Ron is an award-winning musician dedicated to the preservation of traditional Native American music, as well as being a composer of some of his own. He's a fine singer, guitarist and Native American flute player.Lodging: Santa Fe Sage InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The MIAC offers a huge collection of pottery, basketry, rugs, jewelry and artifacts, mostly from tribes of the southwest region. The exhibits are beautifully displayed and documented.
The Museum of International Folk Art features the huge collection of folk art of Alexander Girard. Displayed in charming scenarios, the collection is fascinating.
Both museums have great gift shops as well!Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurantAfternoon: After lunch, there will be a guided walking exploration of the Plaza area. We'll then have some free time to explore the area on our own; nearby sites of interest include the Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico Museum of Art, the New Mexico History Museum (we'll have passes to visit these State of New Mexico museums), and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.
The bus will return to the hotel at 5:00 PM. Those who wish may stay downtown for dinner, returning to the hotel via taxi or city bus (schedules available at hotel front desk).Dinner: Dinner tonight is on our own. Our group leader can offer restaurant suggestion, both near the hotel and in the downtown area.Evening: Evening at leisureLodging: Santa Fe Sage InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Our first stop is at Santa Clara Pueblo, where we'll visit the pottery studio of Paul and Rosalda Speckled Rock.
Santa Clara is one of the most popular pueblos for visitors. Its tribal members are among the most artistically active of all the pueblos, and fine works by Santa Clara artists can be found in a large number of shops and studios in the village.
Santa Clara ancestors most likely migrated south from the Four Corners region, eventually reaching the Pajarito Plateau on the eastern slope of the Jemez Mountains between A.D. 1100 and 1300. Today, Santa Clara is home to about 2600 people. The tribe's 47,000 acres still supports some farming. A small casino and bowling center in Espanola should help fund additional tribal endeavors.
Bus continues on to Taos at 10:30 AM (there will be a rest stop on the way).Lunch: Lunch at the Trading Post CaféAfternoon: After lunch, we'll visit the Martinez Hacienda, an example of a Spanish/Mexican Hacienda with many outbuildings, all representing the Spanish Colonial era.
Hotel check-in at about 4:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:00 PMEvening: Class about Taos after dinnerLodging: Sagebrush Inn & SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After the Pueblo, the bus will travel to the Millicent Rogers Museum. Here, visitors enjoy many outstanding historical collections of Native American art and jewelry, contemporary paintings, weavings, and pottery, including the Maria Martinez family collection. Also showcased are Hispanic textiles, metal work, and sculpture, as well as a wide range of contemporary Anglo-European southwestern art.
The bus then departs for the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, locally known as the "High Bridge." This cantilever truss bridge across the Rio Grande Gorge 10 miles northwest of Taos is 650 feet above the Rio Grande, and is the fifth highest bridge in the United States.Lunch: Boxed lunch at the picnic area at Rio Grande Gorge BridgeAfternoon: Bus departs at 1:00 PM for downtown Taos, where we'll visit the Ernest Blumenschein Home and Museum. This was the home of painter Ernest L. Blumenschein, a co-founder of the Taos Art Colony and one of the "Famous Seven." It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965.
We'll then walk to Taos Plaza for a guided exploration of the historic district, followed by some time to explore the area at our leisure. There are a number of colorful galleries and shops nearby, as well as other museums and historic sites, all within walking distance of Taos Plaza.
At 5:15, we'll meet as a group and walk to our dinner destination.Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurantEvening: Optional video or evening at leisureLodging: Sagebrush Inn & SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We'll visit the Santuario de Chimayó, famous for the reputed healing powers of the earth found inside. The Santuario also offers some remarkable folk art, from its beautiful retablos, stations of the cross, and bultos (statues of the saints). This little church is a very special one with a fascinating history; it's a great example of the simple faith of northern New Mexicans.
We'll also visit a weaving gallery where we'll see examples of some of the beautiful Hispanic weavings that families in the area have produced for centuries.Lunch: Lunch at Rancho de Chimayó from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PMAfternoon: Bus continues on to Albuquerque after lunch. We'll gain an overview of the geological aspects surrounding the city, as well as learn some interesting facts about its history.
Upon arrival in Albuquerque, about 2:30 PM, we'll visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Pueblo culture and advancing understanding by presenting with dignity and respect, the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico.
Bus departs for the hotel at 4:15 PM.
At 5:15 PM, depart for dinner destination.Dinner: Dinner at Sweet Tomatoes restaurant from 5:30 - 6:45 PM. Sweet Tomatoes offers an enormous salad bar, with many selections of breads, meats, desserts and more.
Bus departs for hotel return at 6:45 PM.Evening: Optional video from 7:30 - 9:30 PM or evening at leisureLodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Four to seven centuries ago, the Rio Grande's Pueblo people carved or painted images into the boulders along the 17-mile long section known as the West Mesa.
As visitors listen to the ranger and walk some of the trails, many speculate what these images mean, why they were created and what the people who made them were like.
Depart at 11:30 AM for Acoma Pueblo.Lunch: Lunch at the Yaak'a Café from 12:45 - 1:45 PM at the Sky City Cultural Center at Acoma PuebloAfternoon: After lunch, we'll have a chance to see the pueblo's visitors' center prior to exploring, with a Native American guide, the mesa-top where the ancient part of Acoma Pueblo is located.
Acoma Pueblo, known as "Sky City," was settled possibly as early as A.D. 900. It is situated on top of a 376-foot high sandstone bluff. Our guide will tell us about the Spanish conquistadors who occupied it in 1599, the filmmakers who helped build the road that goes to the top of the mesa, and the 6,000 residents who today either live in two nearby villages or in the Pueblo itself. We'll walk through the ancient village, see the large mission church and meet some of the pueblo residents during your field trip.
Bus departs for Albuquerque at 4:00 PM, arriving at the hotel by 5:30 PM.Dinner: Dinner and closing comments at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:30 PMLodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Checkout time is by 12:00 noon.
The hotel has free shuttle transportation to the airport or train station; arrange with the front desk the evening before, if possible.Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 to 9:00 AM. Checkout time is no later than 12:00 noon.Meals Included: Breakfast