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SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO

New Mexico Puebloan Christmas Dances and Winter Solstice Celebrations

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Program #6853RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Santa Fe is at an elevation of 7,000'.

Itinerary for Dec 23 — Dec 29, 2012

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel has recently been completely remodeled, and offers cheerful Southwestern decor throughout. Of particular interest to our participants is the easy access to transportation to other parts of the city. There is a public bus stop right in front of the hotel, and buses run frequently to the downtown area, to the museums, and other parts of Santa Fe. There is convenient shopping nearby as well, with drug and grocery stores within a few minutes' walk. Several shopping centers surround the hotel, so bookstores, clothing stores, restaurants, hobby and craft stores and many others are nearby.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
Room amenities: Newly redecorated rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and many other amenities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge, indoor/outdoor pool, exercise room and gift shop, as well as ample free parking and very easy access from I-25.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal rates
Arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, December 23 - Arrive in Santa Fe/Orientation and Introductions
Arrive To: You may check in at the hotel anytime after 3:00 PM. Registration with your Road Scholar group leader is between 4:00 and 5:30 PM.

The hotel has recently been remodeled, and has a lovely and comfortable lobby and beautiful meeting and dining facilities; rooms feature "pillow top" mattresses, extremely comfortable furniture and beautiful decor. [Please note that this is a preliminary itinerary only and is subject to change based upon local conditions.]

Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.

Evening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 6:45-8:00 PM.

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel has recently been completely remodeled, and offers cheerful Southwestern decor throughout. Of particular interest to our participants is the easy access to transportation to other parts of the city. There is a public bus stop right in front of the hotel, and buses run frequently to the downtown area, to the museums, and other parts of Santa Fe. There is convenient shopping nearby as well, with drug and grocery stores within a few minutes' walk. Several shopping centers surround the hotel, so bookstores, clothing stores, restaurants, hobby and craft stores and many others are nearby.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
Room amenities: Newly redecorated rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and many other amenities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge, indoor/outdoor pool, exercise room and gift shop, as well as ample free parking and very easy access from I-25.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal rates
Arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, December 24 - Walking Exploration of Historic Downtown Santa Fe...
Walking Exploration of Historic Downtown Santa Fe/Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Procession and Dances/Optional Canyon Road Visit

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day over uneven paved and packed dirt terrain. Standing up to one hour during pueblo procession and dances. Additional walking up Canyon Road is optional.

Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room from 7:00 to 8:00 AM.

Morning: Enjoy a class (with a break each hour) about prehispanic and hispanic southwest history. This class will provide background which will enable you to understand how the pueblos and Native American people came to be in the Southwest, and prepare you for exploring many puebloan sites during the program week.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Enjoy a bus and walking exploration of historic downtown Santa Fe.

Depart at 3:30 PM for Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo procession and dances.

Boxed dinners provided by hotel. Return around 7:30 PM.

Dinner: Boxed dinners provided by the hotel can be eaten on your field trip to Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo.

Evening: From 7:00 to 9:00 PM, those who wish to go may be transported downtown by bus to walk Canyon Road.

This is a traditional Santa Fe activity, where thousands of people walk up and down this famous street, looking at the farolitos, luminarios, and beautifully lit shops and homes. The street is closed to traffic; it's a walk of at least a mile or so in cold evening temperatures...as we said, it's an optional activity!

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel has recently been completely remodeled, and offers cheerful Southwestern decor throughout. Of particular interest to our participants is the easy access to transportation to other parts of the city. There is a public bus stop right in front of the hotel, and buses run frequently to the downtown area, to the museums, and other parts of Santa Fe. There is convenient shopping nearby as well, with drug and grocery stores within a few minutes' walk. Several shopping centers surround the hotel, so bookstores, clothing stores, restaurants, hobby and craft stores and many others are nearby.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
Room amenities: Newly redecorated rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and many other amenities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge, indoor/outdoor pool, exercise room and gift shop, as well as ample free parking and very easy access from I-25.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal rates
Arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, December 25 - Buffalo Dances at Jemez Pueblo/Holiday Dinner at ...
Buffalo Dances at Jemez Pueblo/Holiday Dinner at Santa Ana Pueblo Tamaya Resort/Snack Supper/Evening Videos

Note: Walking up to one mile over course of the day over packed dirt terrain; some small inclines at Jemez Pueblo. Standing up to one hour at pueblo dances.

Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room from 6:30 to 8:00 AM -- Happy Holidays!

Morning: Leave hotel at 9:00 AM for Jemez Pueblo with a class on the bus about the Buffalo Dance. Jemez is the sole remaining pueblo out of six sites that once dotted the rugged southern end of the Jemez Mountains, and some of its residents are descendants of the people of Pecos Pueblo. Jemez's historic main village is closed to the public, except on a handful of days including Christmas. Immigrants from the Four Corners region first established settlements in the Jemez area between 1275 and 1350 A.D. When the Spanish first entered the area in 1541, they found half a dozen large, masonry pueblos, some as tall as five stories in some portions and containing more than three thousand rooms. These pueblos and hundreds of smaller living units are believed to have sheltered as many as thirty thousand persons in the 16th century. The people succumbed to superior Spanish weapons and Spanish-introduced diseases, and by the 18th century, the Jemez population had fallen to as few as three hundred survivors living in the current village. Today, about 3400 tribal members engage in limited farming and livestock production. The residents also produce custom-cut vigas for homebuilding and lumber for furniture. They also produce a fine pottery with an oyster-white base and black geometric designs as well as black-on-red and black/red-on-tan work as well as jewelry, embroidery, belt-weaving and sculpture. The village church, San Diego de Jemez Mission, was built around 1880 and extensively remodeled in the early 1990s. You'll enjoy the "Buffalo Dance" during your visit to Jemez.

Lunch: Special holiday meal at Santa Ana Pueblo's Tamaya Resort Hotel. We estimate that lunch time will be around 1:00 PM.

Afternoon: After your holiday dinner, bus will depart to another nearby pueblo for their holiday dances.

You'll view the special dances for an hour or so before returning to the hotel in Santa Fe for a little rest and relaxation.

Dinner: You'll be served a light "snack supper" around 7:00 PM at the hotel.

Evening: Videos will be shown in the hotel meeting room from 8:00 until 10:00 PM for evening entertainment or you can just relax and enjoy the company of your fellow participants.

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel has recently been completely remodeled, and offers cheerful Southwestern decor throughout. Of particular interest to our participants is the easy access to transportation to other parts of the city. There is a public bus stop right in front of the hotel, and buses run frequently to the downtown area, to the museums, and other parts of Santa Fe. There is convenient shopping nearby as well, with drug and grocery stores within a few minutes' walk. Several shopping centers surround the hotel, so bookstores, clothing stores, restaurants, hobby and craft stores and many others are nearby.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
Room amenities: Newly redecorated rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and many other amenities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge, indoor/outdoor pool, exercise room and gift shop, as well as ample free parking and very easy access from I-25.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal rates
Arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, December 26 - Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Turtle Dance/Archaeoastronom...
Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day over packed dirt terrain. Standing up to an hour at pueblo dances.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in hotel dining room from 7:00 until 8:30 AM.

Morning: Class at the hotel from 8:30-9:30 AM on the Turtle Dances. Bus departs for Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Turtle Dance around 9:45 AM. Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo lies beneath Black Mesa at the confluence of the Rio Grande and the Rio Chama. This was the site of the first Spanish settlement in New Mexico in 1598 and birthplace of Po'Pay, who led the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.

Ohkay Owingeh currently operates a number of prosperous businesses and is one of northern New Mexico's major employers. It is also home to many artists, particularly those who specialize in carved redware pottery. With an active spiritual and ceremonial life, Ohkay Owingeh people have blended the strengths of the past with a promising future. This pueblo was first occupied in the late 12th century. When Don Juan de Onate led a band of settlers, soldiers, Mexican Indians and Franciscan priests into the area in 1598, he was so impressed with the industry and friendliness of the native people that he decided the site would serve as the first capital of the vast new Spanish territory of Nuevo Mexico, which stretched from Texas to the Pacific Ocean and north into Utah and Colorado. For 12 years, after the revolt in 1680, the pueblos were free of Spaniards, until Don Juan de Vargas reasserted Spanish control.

Today, Ohkay Owingeh continues to be a center of government. The largest of the six Tewa-speaking pueblos, it has more than 2000 members and covers 12,230 acres

Lunch: Boxed lunches will be distributed on the trip to Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo.

Afternoon: Return to the hotel by 3:00 PM for a lecture on archaeoastronomy.

Free time after class until dinner.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room at 6:00 PM.

Evening: Free evening to enjoy Santa Fe.

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel has recently been completely remodeled, and offers cheerful Southwestern decor throughout. Of particular interest to our participants is the easy access to transportation to other parts of the city. There is a public bus stop right in front of the hotel, and buses run frequently to the downtown area, to the museums, and other parts of Santa Fe. There is convenient shopping nearby as well, with drug and grocery stores within a few minutes' walk. Several shopping centers surround the hotel, so bookstores, clothing stores, restaurants, hobby and craft stores and many others are nearby.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
Room amenities: Newly redecorated rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and many other amenities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge, indoor/outdoor pool, exercise room and gift shop, as well as ample free parking and very easy access from I-25.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal rates
Arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, December 27 - Corn Dance at Santo Domingo Pueblo/Native America...
Note: Walking up to one mile over uneven, packed dirt terrain. Standing up to an hour at pueblo dances.

Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room from 6:30 to 8:00 AM.

Morning: Attend a brief class about Santo Domingo Pueblo and the Corn Dance.

Board bus at 9:15 AM for trip to the Corn Dance at Santo Domingo Pueblo. One of the most populous yet least open of all NM pueblos, Santo Domingo is home to many talented artists who rely on contact with outside markets for their livelihood and are happy to see visitors. Those who venture to the pueblo will discover an especially lovely Catholic church and a handful of fine arts and crafts shops.

The pueblo is a Keres-speaking pueblo established in the 15th century by immigrants from villages atop the nearby Pajarito Plateau. After the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, residents fled to a nearby mesa-top stronghold for safety. In 1692, Don Diego de Vargas stormed their mountain refuge and burned it as well as the pueblo. Around 1793, refugees from the pueblos of the Galisteo River drainage, ravaged by nomadic raiders and disease, moved into Santo Domingo. The pueblo's current village was apparently occupied about 1886. Today, the tribe has a population of more than 4,500 people, two-thirds of whom live on the reservation. The pueblo is best known for its beadmakers, jewelers, and for its pottery. The Santo Domingo church also makes a memorable impression.

Lunch: Lunch at Santa Fe restaurant at 1:30 PM.

Afternoon: Free afternoon. You may remain downtown OR the bus will return you to the hotel. If you choose to spend the afternoon downtown, the bus will pick you up at 4:30 PM from a designated location for return to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room at 5:30 PM.

Evening: From 7:00 until 8:30 PM, enjoy a presentation exploring and listening to Native American music with musician Ron Roybal.

Mr. Roybal has won many awards for his original and traditional renditions of Native American music. He's dedicated to maintaining the integrity of this musical heritage, and is a fine singer, guitarist and player of the Native American flute.

He's one of our Road Scholar teaching treasures, and we know you'll enjoy your time with him.

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel has recently been completely remodeled, and offers cheerful Southwestern decor throughout. Of particular interest to our participants is the easy access to transportation to other parts of the city. There is a public bus stop right in front of the hotel, and buses run frequently to the downtown area, to the museums, and other parts of Santa Fe. There is convenient shopping nearby as well, with drug and grocery stores within a few minutes' walk. Several shopping centers surround the hotel, so bookstores, clothing stores, restaurants, hobby and craft stores and many others are nearby.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
Room amenities: Newly redecorated rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and many other amenities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge, indoor/outdoor pool, exercise room and gift shop, as well as ample free parking and very easy access from I-25.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal rates
Arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, December 28 - Cochiti Pueblo/Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/...
Cochiti Pueblo/Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Museum of International Folk Art

Note: Walking up to two miles over the course of the day over uneven packed dirt terrain at the pueblo and over paved, even areas at museums. Standing up to one hour at a time at museums, although there are places to sit there.

Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room from 6:30 to 8:00 AM.

Morning: A short class about Southwest ceramics begins the morning. Pick up boxed lunches in hotel lobby prior to boarding bus. Depart hotel at 9:15 AM for dances at Cochiti Pueblo.About eight centuries ago, ancestors of the Cochiti people settled down at an idyllic spot on the west bank of the Rio Grande in northern New Mexico. Over the centuries, the resourceful people created an elaborate network of acequias (irrigation ditches) that directed life-sustaining water from the mother river. The Cochiti people are the northernmost speakers of the Keres language group. The foundations of today's pueblo village on the west bank of the Rio Grande below White Rock Canyon were, perhaps, established as early as A.D. 1225. This would make Cochiti one of the oldest continually inhabited sites in North American and the oldest of the pueblos in the central Rio Grande Valley. When a Spanish expedition moved through the area in 1581, the explorers found a village of some 230 homes clustered in a block two and three stories tall. The Cochiti people actively participated in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, but returned peacefully to their villages when De Vargas laid seige. In the 1980s, a huge earthen dam was completed upstream from Cochiti by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The dam and its recreational areas bring many visitors to the area. Today, the pueblo has more than 1300 residents. It is best known for pottery storyteller figures and drummaking, and is home to some impressive painters and jewelers as well.

Lunch: Boxed lunches on bus on way back from Cochiti Pueblo.

Afternoon: Visit the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art. Both New Mexico State Museums, these sites offer extensive collections. The MIAC features basketry, pottery, jewelry, rugs, and artifacts from Native American tribes of the southwest. The exhibits are beautifully displayed and described. The Folk Art Museum features the enormous folk art collection of Alexander Girard. Creatively displayed, you could spend days in this facility enjoying folk art from all over the world. Return to hotel by 5:00 PM.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.

Evening: From 7:00 until 8:30 PM, program closing and farewell remarks.

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel has recently been completely remodeled, and offers cheerful Southwestern decor throughout. Of particular interest to our participants is the easy access to transportation to other parts of the city. There is a public bus stop right in front of the hotel, and buses run frequently to the downtown area, to the museums, and other parts of Santa Fe. There is convenient shopping nearby as well, with drug and grocery stores within a few minutes' walk. Several shopping centers surround the hotel, so bookstores, clothing stores, restaurants, hobby and craft stores and many others are nearby.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
Room amenities: Newly redecorated rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and many other amenities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge, indoor/outdoor pool, exercise room and gift shop, as well as ample free parking and very easy access from I-25.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Best seasonal rates
Arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Seven: Saturday, December 29 - Breakfast and departure
Breakfast: Breakfast is served buffet style in hotel dining room from 6:00 AM until 10:00 AM; you may depart at any time in the morning.

Morning: Independent departures from DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe. Checkout time is by 12:00 noon.

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Santa Fe
General OverviewMuseums and galleries, e.g., Palace of the Governors Museum, New Mexico History Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Spanish Colonial Museum, Laboratory of Anthropology, Rancho de los Golondrinas (recreation of a Spanish Colonial village), Gerald Peters Gallery, Nedra Matteucchi (Fenn) Gallery, Alan Houser Sculpture Garden, Houshang's Gallery, Alene Lapides Gallery, Laurel Seth Gallery and many more. Historic buildings and churches include Sena Plaza, El Santuario de Guadalupe, the Oldest House, San Miguel Mission Church, St. Francis Cathedral, the Chapel of Loretto (with its miraculous staircase!) and Cristo Rey Church. During late June, July and August, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and Santa Fe Opera are in full swing and there are many theatre productions and concerts going on in the city year round. The Santa Fe Visitors' Guide provides seasonal listings of events, as does New Mexico Magazine. A link to Santa Fe's calendar of events, web sites and telephone numbers is listed below.
For additional information, visit: www.santafe.org

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