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SECOND MESA (HOPI RESERVATION), ARIZONA

The Life and Land of the Hopi

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Program #1091RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Lodging and all program activities between 5,000 and 6,200 feet.

Itinerary for Apr 21 — Apr 26, 2014

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Type: Motel

Description: Tribal museum and craft shops on site; traditional Hopi dishes served in restaurant.

Contact info:
On Highway 264, 5 miles west of junction with Highway 87
Second Mesa, AZ 86043 USA
phone: 928-734-2401
web: www.hopiculturalcenter.com

Room amenities: Cable TV and telephone; air-conditioning

Facility amenities: Restaurant and meeting room.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call motel for pricing.
Stayovers or early arrivals not recommended for participants traveling via shuttle due to extremely limited shuttle schedule.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Monday, April 21 - Arrival & Check-In/Orientation & Introductions
Afternoon: Motel check in after 3:00PM. Road Scholar program registration from 4:30 - 5:15 PM in the motel meeting room.

Dinner: Dinner at the Hopi Cultural Center restaurant. Vegetarian options include salad, hopi bean taco, grilled cheese and cottage cheese.

Evening: Introductions and orientation in the cultural center meeting room following dinner. Begin your discussion of Hopi culture with your coordinator, a member of the Hopi tribe.

Lodging: Hopi Cultural Center Motel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Tribal museum and craft shops on site; traditional Hopi dishes served in restaurant.

Contact info:
On Highway 264, 5 miles west of junction with Highway 87
Second Mesa, AZ 86043 USA
phone: 928-734-2401
web: www.hopiculturalcenter.com

Room amenities: Cable TV and telephone; air-conditioning

Facility amenities: Restaurant and meeting room.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call motel for pricing.
Stayovers or early arrivals not recommended for participants traveling via shuttle due to extremely limited shuttle schedule.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, April 22 - Introduction to Hopi Culture/Hopi Katsina ceremon...
Introduction to Hopi Culture/Hopi Katsina ceremonial cycle/Cultural Center Museum/Tewa on Hopi

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: Hopi Culture: Part 1: Who are the Hopi and how have they been able to preserve their culture and life ways over millinnium in the often harsh environment of northern Arizona? Discover their history from their Anasazi ancestors, the migration to the Hopi Mesa's, the pueblo revolt of 1680, their long struggle with the US government and their Navajo neighbors over tribal boundaries, and to the challenges of living on the reservation today.

Lunch: Lunch in the cultural center restaurant. Choose from a variety of sandwiches daily. Beverage and french fries or fruit included with each meal. Vegetarian choices available.

Afternoon: Hopi Culture: Part 2: For the Hopi, culture, religion, and morality are one in the same. Hear the Hopi creation story, discuss the importance of the Kiva society, learn how the fabric of their society is tied to their ceremonial cycle and discuss the meaning of the Kachina. Following the lecture we will visit the museum on-site at the Hopi Cultural Center.

Dinner: Dinner choices vary every evening. Each entree comes with a salad, beverage and scoop of ice cream. Vegetarian options available.

Evening: Tonight we will discuss Tewa history and culture and its similarities and differences to Hopi.

Lodging: Hopi Cultural Center Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Tribal museum and craft shops on site; traditional Hopi dishes served in restaurant.

Contact info:
On Highway 264, 5 miles west of junction with Highway 87
Second Mesa, AZ 86043 USA
phone: 928-734-2401
web: www.hopiculturalcenter.com

Room amenities: Cable TV and telephone; air-conditioning

Facility amenities: Restaurant and meeting room.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call motel for pricing.
Stayovers or early arrivals not recommended for participants traveling via shuttle due to extremely limited shuttle schedule.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, April 23 - Hopi Silversmithing Demonstration/Field Trip to W...
Hopi Silversmithing Demonstration/Field Trip to Walpi Village/Contemporary Hopi Issues

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: Watch a Hopi silversmith at work, demonstrating the overlay process. The Hopi are renowned for their silver work and indeed it provides a significant income source for the community.

Lunch: Lunch in the cultural center restaurant. Choose from a variety of sandwiches daily. Beverage and french fries or fruit included with each meal. Vegetarian choices available.

Afternoon: Take an afternoon field trip to the village of Walpi on First Mesa. Walpi commands a stunning setting with its centuries-old pueblos perched on the edge of First Mesa, overlooking ancient and traditional fields below. The walking tour of the village takes you past ancient structures, Hopi bread ovens, kivas and a plaza area for dances and ceremonies. Some of the structures are still lived in while others are used by traditional families during times of ceremonies. The town has no electricity or running water. The walk is approximately one mile round-trip on uneven terrain and takes about one hour to complete.

Dinner: Dinner choices vary every evening. Each entree comes with a salad, beverage and scoop of ice cream. Vegetarian options available.

Evening: Evening program in the Cultural Center meeting room on tribal issues or Hopi Law Enforcement. Members of the autonomous Hopi nation, US citizens, distinct village associations and finally connections to their clans, discuss how the Hopi navigate their allegiance.

Lodging: Hopi Cultural Center Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Tribal museum and craft shops on site; traditional Hopi dishes served in restaurant.

Contact info:
On Highway 264, 5 miles west of junction with Highway 87
Second Mesa, AZ 86043 USA
phone: 928-734-2401
web: www.hopiculturalcenter.com

Room amenities: Cable TV and telephone; air-conditioning

Facility amenities: Restaurant and meeting room.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call motel for pricing.
Stayovers or early arrivals not recommended for participants traveling via shuttle due to extremely limited shuttle schedule.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, April 24 - Traditional Hopi Pottery/Field Trip to 1000-year-...
Traditional Hopi Pottery/Field Trip to 1000-year-old-village of Ozaivi/Piki Making Demonstration.

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: 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 in the cultural center restaurant. Choose from a variety of sandwiches daily. Beverage and french fries or fruit included with each meal. Vegetarian choices available.

Afternoon: Take time this afternoon to drive the life and land of the Hopi. Travel through several villages to see the community layout. Hear about the differences between the mesas and even between the villages on the same mesa. From atop some of the mesas you will have sweeping vistas to the fields below where dry farming techniques are used to this day.

Dinner: Dinner at the Hopi Cultural Center restaurant. Vegetarian options include salad, hopi bean taco, grilled cheese and cottage cheese.

Evening: Visit a local community member's private piki house for a demonstration on how to make Hopi traditional piki bread. Made with ground blue cornmeal and ashes to preserve the color, it is a traditional food made on a special stone. Make sure to sample some of this unique "bread" and learn about its cultural significance while observing its creation in a time-honored tradition. Learn about other traditional Hopi foods.

Lodging: Hopi Cultural Center Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Tribal museum and craft shops on site; traditional Hopi dishes served in restaurant.

Contact info:
On Highway 264, 5 miles west of junction with Highway 87
Second Mesa, AZ 86043 USA
phone: 928-734-2401
web: www.hopiculturalcenter.com

Room amenities: Cable TV and telephone; air-conditioning

Facility amenities: Restaurant and meeting room.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call motel for pricing.
Stayovers or early arrivals not recommended for participants traveling via shuttle due to extremely limited shuttle schedule.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, April 25 - Kachina Carving/Petroglyphs at Dawa Park/Hopi Tra...
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 in the cultural center restaurant. Choose from a variety of sandwiches daily. Beverage and french fries or fruit included with each meal. Vegetarian choices available.

Afternoon: Following lunch the group will depart for Dawa Park to view an amazing array of rock art -- over 1000 images have been counted. To get there, travel across the mesas to this beautiful site where images were carved in rock over hundreds of years. Although their meanings can never truly be known, your Hopi guide will interpret some of the images as they relate to clan symbols known today. The terrain at Dawa Park is sandy and uneven, but some of the rock art is within 50 feet of the vehicles so it can be accessed and viewed by all participants.

Dinner: Home-cooked Hopi dinner. The menu will be a traditional corn hominy stew. During the meal you will have the opportunity to converse with Hopi community members in an informal setting.

Evening: Continue your discussion. The traditional dinner will stretch into evening hours. Return to the Hopi Cultural Center after dinner.

Lodging: Hopi Cultural Center Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Saturday, April 26 - Questions and Answers, Farewells
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: Morning question and answer session with your Hopi program coordinator. Program recap and farewells. Program ends in time for 10:00 AM checkout and for those to catch the shuttle.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
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