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The Navajo and Hopi: Indigenous Cultures and Contemporary Issues

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Program #2787RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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
3800 - 6000 feet. Those with heart / lung problems should check with a physician before attending.

Itinerary for Mar 24 — Mar 29, 2013

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Type: Motel

Description: Modern facility done in turn of the century Santa Fe style. Adjacent to the old and still operating Cameron Trading Post.

Contact info:
466 North US Hwy 89
Cameron, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-679-2231
Room amenities: Individually controlled heat and AC, phone, clock radio, satellite TV.

Facility amenities: On site restaurant, small grocery store, post office, gas station.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Seasonal.
Call the Cameron Inn for the rates applicable to your stay.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 24 - Registration/Orientation & Introductions
Afternoon: On site registration from 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM.

Dinner: Each night you'll choose from two entrees at the Cameron Inn Restaurant. During the week you may be selecting from entrees including Navajo taco, chicken florentine, chef's salad, beef stew and more. A salad and dessert are included every evening. The restaurant is a showcase of Navajo art where intricately woven rugs and baskets adorn the walls and theTiffany glass cabinets and pressed-tin ceiling transports you to an earlier time.

Evening: Cameron is located on the southwest corner of the Navajo Nation in view of the San Francisco Peaks, one of the Navajo's Four Sacred Mountains. Find out about the week's activities, meet your fellow participants and receive a brief introduction to Navajo Culture.

Lodging: Cameron Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Modern facility done in turn of the century Santa Fe style. Adjacent to the old and still operating Cameron Trading Post.

Contact info:
466 North US Hwy 89
Cameron, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-679-2231
Room amenities: Individually controlled heat and AC, phone, clock radio, satellite TV.

Facility amenities: On site restaurant, small grocery store, post office, gas station.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Seasonal.
Call the Cameron Inn for the rates applicable to your stay.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 25 - Growing Up Navajo/Navajo Government/Navajo Arts a...
Growing Up Navajo/Navajo Government/Navajo Arts and Crafts/Traditional Music & Entertainment

Breakfast: Choose from a number of breakfast selections at the Cameron Inn Restaurant. Eggs, oatmeal, waffles, toast and bacon are among the choices. Coffee or tea and juice included.

Morning: After breakfast, listen to a presentation on the challenges of growing up Navajo and the challenges of living in two worlds. The Navajo Reservation is the largest in the contiguous United States (about the size of West Virginia) and spans the Four Corners region of the United States.

Lunch: Lunch at the Cameron Inn restaurant. Multiple choices to choose from, including vegetarian option.

Afternoon: Hear about Navajo tribal government (including the Chapter system) and the challenges and benefits of this system of government. Following our talk, we will then visit some of the Cameron Trading Post's "special collections" of Native American arts and crafts. Discussion focuses on Navajo examples including jewelry, rugs, and pottery. The collection does encompass many other Native American art traditions as well. Make sure to linger in the Trading Post Gallery -- it's museum-like in its assortment of fine works of art.

Dinner: Dinner at the Cameron Inn Restaurant.

Evening: Entertainment by a local performer and discussion of the Navajo Beauty Way and the concept of 'Walking in Beauty'.

Lodging: Cameron Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Being part of the overall Hopi Cultural Center, the motel is in the center of cultural and economic events on the Hopi Reservation.

Contact info:
US Highway 264
Second Mesa, AZ 86043 USA
phone: 928-734-2401
Room amenities: Satellite TV, individually controlled AC/heat, phone, clock radio, individual bath.

Facility amenities: On site restaurant, museum, native arts and crafts workshops and vending areas.

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

Additional nights after: Seasonal.
Contact the Hopi Cultural Center for the rates applicable to your stay.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Three: Tuesday, March 26 - Navajo Hogan visit/Navajo Interactive Museum/Trav...
Navajo Hogan visit/Navajo Interactive Museum/Travel to Hopi Reservation/Hopi Museum & Cultural Center

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Cameron Inn Restaurant.

Morning: After breakfast, embark on a field trip to a Navajo hogan and learn its historical cultural significance and modern uses. The Hogan is the traditional Navajo dwelling. You may have the opportunity to hear about growing up in this stark landscape, herding sheep, and traditional weaving practices.

Lunch: Lunch at the Cameron Inn restaurant.

Afternoon: Following lunch, we say goodbye to the Cameron Trading Post and travel to the Hopi reservation via Tuba City. While in Tuba City, enjoy a stop at the Navajo Interactive Museum for a more in-depth look at the Navajo Culture. Originally created for exhibition at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the Navajo Interactive Museum marks the first time the Navajo people have told their own story in this format. The museum includes a range of exhibits about Navajo life and customs, starting with the creation story. Other areas explore weaving and the Navajo relationship with their sheep, living in two worlds and hopes for the future. From Tuba City, we enter the Hopi reservation and travel 60 miles up to the Hopi Mesas, enjoying sweeping views of the Navajo nation below. (The Hopi Reservation is completely surrounded by the Navajo Reservation.) Prior to our afternoon check-in into the Hopi Cultural Center (HCC) hotel, we will visit the Hopi Culture Museum.

Dinner: Dinner at the Hopi Cultural Center. Choices vary every evening. Each entree comes with a salad, beverage and scoop of ice cream. Vegetarian options available.

Evening: Orientation to the Hopi portion of the program with your Hopi coordinator. Begin discussion of Hopi Culture this evening including the clanship and matrilineal systems.

Lodging: Hopi Cultural Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Being part of the overall Hopi Cultural Center, the motel is in the center of cultural and economic events on the Hopi Reservation.

Contact info:
US Highway 264
Second Mesa, AZ 86043 USA
phone: 928-734-2401
Room amenities: Satellite TV, individually controlled AC/heat, phone, clock radio, individual bath.

Facility amenities: On site restaurant, museum, native arts and crafts workshops and vending areas.

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

Additional nights after: Seasonal.
Contact the Hopi Cultural Center for the rates applicable to your stay.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Four: Wednesday, March 27 - Kachina Doll Carving Presentation/Piki Bread demo...
Kachina Doll Carving Presentation/Piki Bread demonstration/field trip to Anasazi petroglyph site.

Breakfast: Choose from a number of breakfast selections at the Hopi Cultural Center Restaurant. Eggs, oatmeal, toast and bacon are among the choices. Coffee or tea and juice included.

Morning: After breakfast is a demonstration of the ancient art of Kachina doll carving. You'll see how the dolls are made and hear about their significance in Hopi life and culture. Are they deities? Spirits? Or are they too esoteric for non-Hopi to understand?

Lunch: Lunch at the Cultural Center restaurant.

Afternoon: We will begin our afternoon with a demonstration on Piki bread making. Piki has much cultural significance which will be explained. Made of blue corn, the ash of the Juniper tree and other ingredients, Piki cooks almost instantaneously and is peeled from the cooking surface (typically a heated piki stone) in sheets so thin they are almost translucent. Several sheets of the bread are often rolled up loosely into flattened scrolls. After the demonstration you will have the opportunity to taste this centuries old Hopi staple. Following our demonstration, we will embark on a field trip to a very special location (only accessible with a Hopi guide) of ancient Anasazi petroglyphs (rock art). You will be amazed by both the quantity and quality of these 1000 year old messages on stone.

Dinner: Dinner choices vary every evening. Each entree comes with a salad, beverage and scoop of ice cream. Vegetarian options include salad, hopi bean taco, grilled cheese and cottage cheese.

Evening: Enjoy another discussion of Hopi culture.

Lodging: Hopi Cultural Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Being part of the overall Hopi Cultural Center, the motel is in the center of cultural and economic events on the Hopi Reservation.

Contact info:
US Highway 264
Second Mesa, AZ 86043 USA
phone: 928-734-2401
Room amenities: Satellite TV, individually controlled AC/heat, phone, clock radio, individual bath.

Facility amenities: On site restaurant, museum, native arts and crafts workshops and vending areas.

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

Additional nights after: Seasonal.
Contact the Hopi Cultural Center for the rates applicable to your stay.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Five: Thursday, March 28 - Hopi Culture Insights/Hopi pottery demo/Hopi Trib...
Hopi Culture Insights/Hopi pottery demo/Hopi Tribal Police Presentation/filed trip to Third Mesa Village/Traditional Hopi Dinner

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hopi Cultural Center restaurant.

Morning: Enjoy a pottery demonstration from start to finish with an engaging presentation. The process begins with clay gathering at sacred sites; the tempering process; coiling, shaping and building techniques; burnishing; design and painting techniques; and finally the firing process with sheep dung. See pieces in all stages of the process from wet clay to finished masterpieces, some with fire clouds. Hopi pottery stands out amongst all of the pueblo and non-pueblo pottery makers, with its white wash and poly-chrome painting, as some of the most recognizable art in the world.

Lunch: Lunch selections at the Hopi Cultural Center restaurant. Vegetable salad and other vegetarian options.

Afternoon: Visit the 1000 year old village of Old Oraibi on Third Mesa. Still home to Third Mesa residents, the Hopi villages are the longest continuously inhabited locations in the Americas. Enjoy panoramic views of the desert floor below the mesa top. Then visit an ancient rock art site to observe the extensive petroglyphs of Dawa Park. Hear interpretations about some of the symbols and their clan connections.

Dinner: A traditional Hopi dinner will be served in the village of Bacavi. The main dish is traditional Hopi white corn hominy with beef. Learn about the food and its cultural significance as you share this simple yet tasty meal with new friends and a greater understanding of the Hopi culture.

Evening: Free evening upon returning from the traditional Hopi dinner.

Lodging: Hopi Cultural Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, March 29 - Hopi Culture Wrap Up//Farewells
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Cultural Center Restaurant.

Morning: After breakfast, a final Q and A session with your Hopi Coordinator. More discussion on the current challenges of the Hopi people. This session gives participants a chance to discuss their impressions and allows questions of the Hopi coordinator about the tribe, its beliefs, its leadership and its future. Program wrap up and farewells by 10:00 AM. Van Go will be ready to take people back to the Phoenix airport and the NAU Road Scholar van will shuttle participants from the HCC back to Cameron.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Cameron, AZ
GeneralPlaces to see within 2 hours of Cameron: South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Vermillion Cliffs Natl Mon, Sinagua ruins at Wupatki, volcanic fields at Sunset Crater Natl Mon, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon and Marble Canyon, Sinagua ruins at Walnut Canyon Natl Mon.

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