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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, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel is designed to reflect the spirit and culture of Santa Fe. Six miles from downtown's Historic Plaza area, the hotel is near public transportation.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
web: doubletree1.hilton.com/en_US/dt/hotel/SAFCRDT-DoubleTree-by-Hilton-Hotel-Santa-Fe

Room amenities: Rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and more. Rooms feature luxurious Sweet Dreams by Double Tree Sleep Experience beds, in-room coffee maker with Wolfgang Puck coffee, in-room Wi-Fi, 37-inch HDTV, room service, and more.

Facility amenities: Indoor-outdoor heated pool and spa surrounded by adobe-style patio, 24-hour business center, complimentary printing service, fax, Notary Public, photo copying service, automated teller (ATM), coin operated laundry, laundry/valet service, local area transportation, lounge, multi-lingual staff, news stand, room service, safety deposit box, snack shop, fitness room, on-site restaurant and more.

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: Monday, 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. Please note that this is a preliminary itinerary only and is subject to change based upon local conditions.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 5:30 to 6:30 PM

Evening: Program orientation and introductions

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel is designed to reflect the spirit and culture of Santa Fe. Six miles from downtown's Historic Plaza area, the hotel is near public transportation.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
web: doubletree1.hilton.com/en_US/dt/hotel/SAFCRDT-DoubleTree-by-Hilton-Hotel-Santa-Fe

Room amenities: Rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and more. Rooms feature luxurious Sweet Dreams by Double Tree Sleep Experience beds, in-room coffee maker with Wolfgang Puck coffee, in-room Wi-Fi, 37-inch HDTV, room service, and more.

Facility amenities: Indoor-outdoor heated pool and spa surrounded by adobe-style patio, 24-hour business center, complimentary printing service, fax, Notary Public, photo copying service, automated teller (ATM), coin operated laundry, laundry/valet service, local area transportation, lounge, multi-lingual staff, news stand, room service, safety deposit box, snack shop, fitness room, on-site restaurant and more.

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: Tuesday, December 24 - Morning Classes/Santa Fe Exploration/Ohkay Owinge...
Morning Classes/Santa Fe Exploration/Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Procession and Dances

Note: Walking up to one mile over course of day over uneven packed dirt or paved terrain. Standing at pueblo dances up to one hour at a time.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Enjoy a class (with a break each hour) about the history of the Southwest and the area pueblos. 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 at the hotel

Afternoon: Enjoy a bus and walking exploration of historic downtown Santa Fe, then go to Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo to see the Pueblo procession and dances.

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.

Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurant

Evening: Bus returns to hotel by 9:00 PM

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel is designed to reflect the spirit and culture of Santa Fe. Six miles from downtown's Historic Plaza area, the hotel is near public transportation.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
web: doubletree1.hilton.com/en_US/dt/hotel/SAFCRDT-DoubleTree-by-Hilton-Hotel-Santa-Fe

Room amenities: Rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and more. Rooms feature luxurious Sweet Dreams by Double Tree Sleep Experience beds, in-room coffee maker with Wolfgang Puck coffee, in-room Wi-Fi, 37-inch HDTV, room service, and more.

Facility amenities: Indoor-outdoor heated pool and spa surrounded by adobe-style patio, 24-hour business center, complimentary printing service, fax, Notary Public, photo copying service, automated teller (ATM), coin operated laundry, laundry/valet service, local area transportation, lounge, multi-lingual staff, news stand, room service, safety deposit box, snack shop, fitness room, on-site restaurant and more.

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: Wednesday, December 25 - Buffalo Dance at Jemez Pueblo/Holiday Luncheon
Note: Walking up to one mile over uneven packed dirt terrain at pueblo dances. There is, from where the bus parks at Jemez Pueblo, a slight incline to go down upon arrival and walk back up afterwards.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel -- Happy Holidays!

Morning: This morning, go to Jemez Pueblo to see 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 public, except on a handful of days, including Christmas.

Immigrants from the Four Corners region established settlements in the Jemez area between A.D. 1275 and 1350. 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 make 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.

Lunch: Holiday luncheon at the Hotel Santa Fe

Afternoon: After lunch, depart for Tesuque Pueblo for more dances.

Dinner: Light supper at the hotel

Evening: Optional video

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel is designed to reflect the spirit and culture of Santa Fe. Six miles from downtown's Historic Plaza area, the hotel is near public transportation.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
web: doubletree1.hilton.com/en_US/dt/hotel/SAFCRDT-DoubleTree-by-Hilton-Hotel-Santa-Fe

Room amenities: Rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and more. Rooms feature luxurious Sweet Dreams by Double Tree Sleep Experience beds, in-room coffee maker with Wolfgang Puck coffee, in-room Wi-Fi, 37-inch HDTV, room service, and more.

Facility amenities: Indoor-outdoor heated pool and spa surrounded by adobe-style patio, 24-hour business center, complimentary printing service, fax, Notary Public, photo copying service, automated teller (ATM), coin operated laundry, laundry/valet service, local area transportation, lounge, multi-lingual staff, news stand, room service, safety deposit box, snack shop, fitness room, on-site restaurant and more.

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: Thursday, December 26 - Palace of the Governors and New Mexico Museum of ...
Palace of the Governors and New Mexico Museum of History/Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Turtle Dance/Rancho de Chimayó/Village of Chimayó

Note: Walking up to a mile over course of the day over packed dirt terrain; some standing at museums and dances

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Bus departs for downtown Santa Fe, where you'll visit the Palace of the Governors and the New Mexico Museum of History. Then go to Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo to see the Turtle Dance.

Lunch: Lunch at the historic Rancho de Chimayó

Afternoon: Visit the Santuario de Chimayó and a weaver's studio in the village of Chimayó

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Free evening

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

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

Description: The hotel is designed to reflect the spirit and culture of Santa Fe. Six miles from downtown's Historic Plaza area, the hotel is near public transportation.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
web: doubletree1.hilton.com/en_US/dt/hotel/SAFCRDT-DoubleTree-by-Hilton-Hotel-Santa-Fe

Room amenities: Rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and more. Rooms feature luxurious Sweet Dreams by Double Tree Sleep Experience beds, in-room coffee maker with Wolfgang Puck coffee, in-room Wi-Fi, 37-inch HDTV, room service, and more.

Facility amenities: Indoor-outdoor heated pool and spa surrounded by adobe-style patio, 24-hour business center, complimentary printing service, fax, Notary Public, photo copying service, automated teller (ATM), coin operated laundry, laundry/valet service, local area transportation, lounge, multi-lingual staff, news stand, room service, safety deposit box, snack shop, fitness room, on-site restaurant and more.

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: Friday, December 27 - Native American Music Presentation/Corn Dance at ...
Native American Music Presentation/Corn Dance at Santo Domingo Pueblo/Free Afternoon

Note: Walking up to one mile over course of the day over packed dirt terrain

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Music of the Southwest presentation by an award-winning Native American musician.

Bus then departs for trip to Santo Domingo Pueblo where you'll see the Corn Dance. 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. 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.

Bus departs for return to Santa Fe at 12:45 PM.

Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant

Afternoon: Free afternoon from 2:30 - 6:00 PM

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel at 6:00 PM

Evening: Free evening

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel is designed to reflect the spirit and culture of Santa Fe. Six miles from downtown's Historic Plaza area, the hotel is near public transportation.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
web: doubletree1.hilton.com/en_US/dt/hotel/SAFCRDT-DoubleTree-by-Hilton-Hotel-Santa-Fe

Room amenities: Rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and more. Rooms feature luxurious Sweet Dreams by Double Tree Sleep Experience beds, in-room coffee maker with Wolfgang Puck coffee, in-room Wi-Fi, 37-inch HDTV, room service, and more.

Facility amenities: Indoor-outdoor heated pool and spa surrounded by adobe-style patio, 24-hour business center, complimentary printing service, fax, Notary Public, photo copying service, automated teller (ATM), coin operated laundry, laundry/valet service, local area transportation, lounge, multi-lingual staff, news stand, room service, safety deposit box, snack shop, fitness room, on-site restaurant and more.

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: Saturday, December 28 - Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Museum of Inter...
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Museum of International Folk Art/Cochiti Pueblo

Note: Walking up to one mile over the course of the day over packed dirt and paved terrain. Standing up to one hour at museums (there are places to sit in the museums, if you need to rest a bit)

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Depart hotel at 9:15 AM for Museum Hill, where you'll visit the Museum of Indian Arts & 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 Museum of International Folk Art features the enormous folk art collection of Alexander Girard, so creatively displayed, you could spend days in this facility enjoying folk art from all over the world.

Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant

Afternoon: Depart for dances at Cochiti Pueblo after lunch.

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.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 to 7:00 PM

Evening: Program closing

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Seven: Sunday, 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 the DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe. Checkout time is by 12:00 noon.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Santa Fe
General OverviewMuseums and galleries, e.g., Palace of the Governors Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Art 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, 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

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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