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Canyon De Chelly: Enduring Tradition and Modern Challenges

Program Number: 4022RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/6/2013 - 10/9/2013; 4/8/2015 - 4/11/2015; 4/19/2015 - 4/22/2015; 5/3/2015 - 5/6/2015; 9/27/2015 - 9/30/2015; 10/7/2015 - 10/10/2015; 10/11/2015 - 10/14/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Canyon de Chelly, Arizona
Price starting at: $580.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: National Parks; Native American Studies; Natural History Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 8; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

In Canyon de Chelly, a cultural center of the Navajo Nation, experience ancient ruins, a sheltering canyon with soaring sandstone cliffs and a people enduring in a challenging natural and cultural environment. Gain insight into Navajo culture and language, hear about Kit Carson and the infamous Long Walk of 1864, discuss Navajo ceremonies and the clan system, and see native artisans demonstrate their craft.




Highlights

• Navajo speakers share their culture and discuss the challenges of living on the reservation.
• Venture to majestic viewpoints on the canyon’s South Rim and see Spider Rock, an important part of Navajo cosmology.
• A Navajo-led 4x4 trip into the canyon highlights its ruins, petroglyphs, hogans, farmfields and inspiring natural beauty.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one-half mile on sand, rocky, uneven terrain. Elevations up to 7,200 feet.



You may enjoy a five-night version of this program, “Canyon De Chelly: Enduring Traditions and Modern Challenges of the Navajo” (#1053).



Coordinated by Northern Arizona University.




Canyon de Chelly

Canyon de Chelly’s isolation and geology offer a sense of the elemental and serene. Canyon walls rise to 1,000 feet above the flat canyon floor, protecting it from easy discovery and harsh weather, while the preserved ruins of the Puebloan peoples who began building here 900 years ago underscore 20 centuries of near-continuous human habitation.



Accommodations
Hotel adjacent to Canyon de Chelly National Monument.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Richard Stephens

Rich has been director of Northern Arizona University’s highly popular Road Scholar programs since 2001. He previously spent many years in the field as a program coordinator and group leader, where he honed his skills and learned the importance of detailed, pre-trip planning. Before making his home in Arizona’s spectacular red-rock country, Rich spent 10 years in Yosemite National Park and the Santa Cruz mountains as an environmental educator.
 
Azalia Lewis

Azalia Lewis is descended from the Navajo, Hopi, and Laguna tribes. Currently residing near the mouth of Canyon De Chelly National Monument, Azalia is Kin'ya'aani, (towering house clan), Kis'anni, (born for Hopi), Maii' deeshgizhnii, (born into coyote pass clan), and Too' lanii dinee', (born into Laguna). She attended school in Chinle and is pursuing a career in the art of jewelry making. Azalia looks forward to meeting new people and sharing the beauty of her multicultural background.
 
Wilma Hunter

Wilma Hunter has been a demonstrator, program coordinator and teacher in the Canyon de Chelly region since 2000. She is a registered Navajo expert with the National Park Service in Canyon de Chelly National Monument. Wilma crafts jewelry which has been shown at the Santa Fe Market and other world-class Native American art shows throughout the country. She lives in Canyon de Chelly.
 
Keith Lyons

Keith Lyons is an archaeologist who specializes in North American archaeology, historic and prehistoric architecture, site preservation, cultural landscapes, human osteology, and museum management. He has spent the past 16 years working as a professional archaeologist throughout the Southwest, and has worked with the National Park Service, the National Forest Service, and several private archeological firms. Currently, Keith works as an archaeologist at Canyon de Chelly National Monument.
 
William Yazzie

William Yazzie is a Navajo from Canyon de Chelly. Arizona, who grew up in both traditional Navajo and modern ways. He has spent the last 24 years working for the National Park Service — specializing in law enforcement — in Mesa Verde National Park, Bandelier National Monument and at Canyon de Chelly National Monument. William learned singing and drumming from his late father, and loves sharing the gift of Navajo music and dance with people of all nations.
 
Joshua Ramsey

Joshua is a National Park Service archaeologist with a specialty on the rock art of Canyon de Chelly.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Canyon de Chelly / Chinle Holiday Inn
  Canyon de Chelly, AZ 3 nights
 Canyon de Chelly / Chinle Holiday Inn
Type: Motel
  Description: Located on the high desert of the Colorado Plateau, the Holiday Inn Chinle stands at the entrance to Canyon de Chelly National Monument. The canyon is the second largest in the USA. In huge hollows at the base of the canyon's vertical walls, ancient cliff dwellings of the Anasazi people stand well preserved since their construction more than 10 centuries ago. Petroglyphs both in and near the ruins clearly depict events of the canyon's early inhabitants. The remote location deep within the Navajo Nation removes it from the impact of the modern world and retains the canyon's sense of timelessness.
  Contact info: Indian Rt 7
Chinle, AZ 86503 USA
phone: 928-674-5000
web: www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/chinle/chnaz/hoteldetail
  Room amenities: AC, coffee/tea makers, remote control cable TV. Free high speed internet access in rooms; bring your own laptop. Limited cell phone service available in Chinle / Canyon de Chelly. No in-room refrigerators - one refrigerator available at the desk.
  Facility amenities: 108 guest rooms. Full service restaurant featuring authentic American Indian cuisine and traditional American fare. Room service available. Gift shop with authentic Native American art and jewelry. Fax service. Seasonal outdoor swimming pool. Guest laundromat. Limited cell phone service available in Canyon de Chelly / Chinle.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Seasonal. Call the Holiday Inn Chinle directly for the rates in effect during your stay.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Seasonal. Call the Holiday Inn Chinle directly for the rates in effect during your stay.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
On Site registration 4:30-5:15 PM at hotel. You will be staying at Canyon de Chelly / Chinle Holiday Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Hotel meeting room, 10:30 AM. You will be staying at Canyon de Chelly / Chinle Holiday Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking is available on hotel premises.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Canyon de Chelly, AZ
  Nearest city or town:  Albuquerque, 225 mi E, Phoenix 350 mi S
  Nearest highway: Indian Hwy 7, US 191
  Nearest airport:  Albuquerque
  From End of Program
  Location:  Departures
Travel Details
 

Canyon de Chelly - Chinle, AZ/Phoenix, AZ

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Travel Time:

 

5 hours and 8 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

303 miles

   

Since there is no commercial shuttle service available, one must rent a car or carpool with others in order to reach Canyon de Chelly and Chinle, AZ. A possible place to find and communicate with other participants who may wish to carpool is on the Road Scholar Social Network. All roads to Chinle are paved and maintained.

 

Canyon de Chelly - Chinle, AZ/Albuquerque, NM

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Travel Time:

 

Driving time is approximately 3 hours 45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

235 miles

   

Since there is no commercial shuttle service available, one must rent a car or carpool with others in order to reach Canyon de Chelly and Chinle, AZ. A possible place to find other participants who may wish to carpool is on the Road Scholar Social Network. All roads to Chinle are paved and maintained. Participants who do not want to drive but want to visit Canyon de Chelly may consider program 4541 (beginning and ending in Flagstaff, AZ) or 13157 (beginning and ending in Albuquerque, NM).

 
Driving Directions
  Canyon de Chelly from Albuquerque and I-40 westbound From Albuquerque take I 40 west to Gallup, NM. In Gallup, take the US 491 exit. Turn north onto US 491. Continue north on US 491 for 6 miles to junction with NM 264 westbound. Stay on NM 264 for 16 miles, crossing into Arizona, where it becomes AZ 264. Continue for 35 miles to the traffic circle junction with US 191, about 5 miles west of Ganado. Take US 191 north at the traffic circle and stay on it for 30 miles to Chinle, Arizona. Turn right onto Main Street and continue for 2.7 miles to the Holiday Inn just prior to the entrance to Canyon de Chelly National Monument.
  Canyon de Chelly from Phoenix, AZ, Via Flagstaff and I-40 Eastbound Travel north on I-17 for 144 miles to Flagstaff. Merge east onto I-40 and go 147 miles to Chambers, AZ. Go north on US 191 for 74 miles to Indian Route 7. Drive east for 2 miles to the Holiday Inn, which is on the left, just before to the entrance to Canyon de Chelly National Monument. Travel time is approximately 5.5 hours. Via Payson, AZ to I-40 and US 191 Chinle may also be reached by traveling AZ Hwy 87 to 260 to 377 to Interstate 40 and to US 191 N to Chinle (passing through Ganado, AZ) to Indian Route 7. Travel time via this route is approximately 5 hours and 8 minutes. It is recommended that participants consult online map programs such as googlemaps.com, GPS, or paper maps prior to beginning the drive to Chinle.
  Canyon de Chelly from US 160 Continue on US 160 to the junction with US 191 just W of Mexican Water, AZ. S on 191 for 62 mi to Indian Rte 7 in Chinle. E on Indian Rte 7 2 mi to Holiday Inn at entrance to Canyon de Chelly Natl Mon.
Elevation Note: Some elevations > 7,000 ft; check with your doctor if you have heart/lung concerns.

Equipment Requirements: .
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Program Registration/Orientation and Introductions/Navajo Silversmithing
(Sunday, October 6)
   
 Afternoon: Drop-in registration from 4:30 - 5:15 PM, conference room. Note:The Navajo Nation observes Mountain Daylight Time, but the rest of Arizona does not. (During daylight savings, the time on the Navajo Nation is one hour later than the time in the rest of AZ.)
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in the Holiday Inn Garcia's Restaurant. Dinner will include a nightly selection of entrees (some with a southwestern flare), a trip through the salad bar and dessert.
 Evening: After dinner, your program coordinator provides a program orientation. Participant introductions follow. Hear a presentation on consumer tips for buyers of native crafted jewelry and see a silversmithing demonstration.
   
Accommodations: Canyon de Chelly / Chinle Holiday Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Explore Canyon de Chelly's South Rim/Canyon Archaeology/Navajo Clanship and Ceremonies
(Monday, October 7)

Note: South Rim tour makes numerous stops to go to viewpoints up to 1/4 mile away. Trails can be uneven and rocky.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at Garcia's, the hotel restaurant.The buffet includes, on alternating days: 2 types of eggs; pancakes or biscuits & gravy; corned beef hash or bacon/sausage; cream of wheat, whole/cut fruit, cereal.
 Morning: Visit the Canyon de Chelly National Monument Visitor Center’s excellent exhibits and bookstore with numerous titles on Native American topics. Then take the guided tour of the canyon's South Rim with a Navajo guide. Stops will be made at overlooks including well-known Spider Rock. This rock formation of de Chelly sandstone figures prominently in Navajo cosmology. From the rim you will have the opportunity to view the farms, pastures and hogans in the canyon below as well as ruins once inhabited by ancestral puebloans.
 Lunch: Enjoy a traditional Navajo lunch buffet at the hotel restaurant. Navajo Tacos, Posole (hominy) soup, steamed vegetables, blue corn mush, and vegetable soup and more will be offered.
 Afternoon: Hear about recent archaeological discoveries and current excavation techniques in Canyon de Chelly with archaeologists from the National Park Service. Echoes of the past exist all around the region and now is the time to hear from an expert about their known origin.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in the Holiday Inn Garcia's Restaurant. Dinner will include a nightly selection of entrees (some with a southwestern flare), a trip through the salad bar and dessert.
 Evening: Enjoy a presentation on Navajo clanship and ceremonies. The clanship system provides the fabric for life on the reservation giving cultural instruction from birth to death on matters of significance. Discuss a few of the ceremonies of most importance and how transformational periods of one's life are addressed within the family and clan.
   
Accommodations: Canyon de Chelly / Chinle Holiday Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Navajo Long Walk/Canyon Rock Art/Canyon de Chelly Jeep Excursion/Navajo Entertainment
(Tuesday, October 8)

Note: Jeep tour is in large 4-wheel drive jeep which holds about a dozen people. Road is sometimes bumpy and crosses numerous washes. Stops are made along the way, with short walks, which are often sandy, to sites of interest.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at Garcia's, the hotel restaurant.The buffet includes, on alternating days: 2 types of eggs; pancakes or biscuits & gravy; corned beef hash or bacon/sausage; cream of wheat, whole/cut fruit, cereal.
 Morning: Hear about the Navajo Long Walk from Canyon de Chelly to Fort Sumner, New Mexico. This walk represents a seminal event in the cultural consciousness of the Navajo people and may be likened to the Cherokee Trail of Tears. Then learn about Canyon de Chelly's rock art. The presenter is an archaeologist with the National Park Service.
 Lunch: Lunch at Garcia's, the hotel restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, load into 4-wheel drive vehicles for your excursion into Canyon de Chelly with certified Navajo guides. Travel into the canyon on this afternoon's tour of Canyon de Chelly and Canyon del Muerto's ruins, sandstone cliffs and side canyons, rock art and stunning scenery. Highlights include Antelope House, White House Ruin and the Standing Cow pictograph. While in the Canyon you may see hogans, cornfields and livestock as Navajo families continue to maintain homesteads inside the Canyon. The canyon's unparalleled setting of sheer-walled and desert varnish-stained cliffs framed by the tranquil canyon bottom and a peerless blue sky provides a stunning backdrop for this unforgettable journey.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in the Holiday Inn Garcia's Restaurant.
 Evening: An evening of Navajo entertainment. Your performer, William Yazzie, has been delighting Road Scholar participants for many many years and loves to share his passion for Navajo music, culture, and dance.
   
Accommodations: Canyon de Chelly / Chinle Holiday Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: The Navajo: Modern Challenges/Program Farewells
(Wednesday, October 9)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at Garcia's, the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Living on the reservation presents inherent challenges. Learn about some of the common and not so common issues facing the Navajo and current efforts to confront them. Program ends by 10:30 AM. Hotel checkout by 11:00 AM.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Canyon de Chelly, AZ General Overview
Points of Interest in or w/i two hours of Canyon de Chelly : Anasazi Museumm, Cortez, CO; Hopi Cultural Center; Mesa Verde Natl Park, CO; Chaco Canyon Natl Monument; Monument Valley Natl Monument, AZ; Dineh College, Tsaile, AZ Navajo Natl Mnmt, AZ, Four Corners Natl Mnnt; Petrified Forest /Painted Desert Natl Mon, AZ; Hubbell Trading Post, AZ; Shiprock, NM Navajo Nation Tribal HQ, Window Rock, AZ
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Dine Bahane: The Navajo Creation Story


Author: Zolbrod, Paul G


Description: This is the most complete version of the Navajo creation story to appear in English since Washington Matthews' Navajo Legends of 1847. Zolbrod's new translation renders the power and delicacy of the oral storytelling performance on the page through a poetic idiom appropriate to the Navajo oral tradition. Zolbrod's book offers the general reader a vivid introduction to Navajo culture. For students of literature this book proposes a new way of looking at our literary heritage.



Diné: A History of the Navajos


Author: Iverson, Peter; Roessel, Monty


Description: This comprehensive narrative traces the history of the Navajos from their origins to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Based on extensive archival research, traditional accounts, interviews, historic and contemporary photographs, and firsthand observation, it provides a detailed, up-to-date portrait of the Diné past and present that will be essential for scholars, students, and interested general readers, both Navajo and non-Navajo.



Native Roads : The Complete Motoring Guide to the Navajo and Hopi Nations


Author: Kosik, Frank


Description: Using the mile markers of the US, Arizona, and Navajo highways and routes running through the Navajo and Hopi nations as her organizing principle, the author offers a travel guide to the sites found in the area. Natural, historical, and cultural points of interest are covered, along with some information on lodging and services. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR 304pp



Traveling Indian Arizona


Author: O'Brien, Anne


Description: This empowering guide introduces readers to the Native American communities of Arizona. Traveling Indian Arizona covers the etiquette, present-day culture, traditions, cuisine, and arts of contemporary Arizona Native Americans. With this attractive illustrated book in hand, tourists will be prepared to explore the state's 21 tribal communities. 320pp



Warriors: Navajo Code Talkers


Author: Kawano, Kenji


Description: The American offensive in the Pacific during World War II [was] hampered by the Japanese ability to crack the most secret U.S. Codes. Navajo was virtually unknown outside the reservations, ... and [their] code proved uncrackable. Kenji Kawano's striking photographs capture the quiet dignity of the surviving veterans as they recall their actions --Los Angeles Times 128 pp





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