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New Mexico Puebloan Christmas Dances and Winter Solstice Celebrations

Program Number: 6853RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/23/2013 - 12/29/2013;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Price starting at: $1,149.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Holidays; Native American Studies
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Experience the ceremonial dances of the Pueblo people. Christmas is a time of the year when Pueblo and Spanish beliefs and customs blend in a unique way. Enjoy five days of Puebloan dances at several Rio Grande Pueblos. Road Scholar’s experts reflect this region's cultural diversity and share it with you.




Highlights

• Commemorate the longest night of the year as Puebloan, Christian and other spiritual beliefs merge in a celebration of the winter solstice Native-American style.
• Classes on history and ceremonials reveal the meaning and symbolism of Pueblo dances.
• An expert-led field trip showcases one of the finest museums of Native American history and culture in the Southwest.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day over uneven, unpaved surfaces. Some stairs. Standing outside for up to two hours during Native American dances. Elevations of 7,000 feet.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Santa Fe

A cosmopolitan city famous for its world-renowned opera, chamber and choral music and for its art and artists, Santa Fe is situated at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Nearby, eight historic, continuously occupied pueblos and small Hispanic villages divulge a heritage that is impeccably preserved in this multi-cultural state capital.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel with heated pool.
Meals and Lodgings
   DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe
  Santa Fe 6 nights
 DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: best seasonal rates arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: best seasonal rates arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
You may check into your room at the hotel anytime after 3:00 PM. Register with your Road Scholar group leader from 4:00 to 5:30 PM. You will be staying at DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after buffet breakfast in hotel dining room between 6:30 & 8:00 AM; hotel checkout by 12:00 noon You will be staying at DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at the hotel. Participants have access to their vehicles throughout the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Santa Fe
  Nearest city or town:  Albuquerque
  Nearest highway: I-25
  Nearest airport:  Albuquerque International Sunport and Santa Fe Municipal Airport (very small airport; commuter flights only)
  From End of Program
  Location: Santa Fe
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Santa Fe

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Sandia Shuttle Express
phone: 888-775-5696
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$28
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 70 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

65 miles

   

Sandia Shuttle Express offers regular service between the Albuquerque Sunport (not the Santa Fe airport) and Santa Fe. Let shuttle service know, when you make reservations, the hotel at which you'd like to be dropped off in Santa Fe, and when you wish to return to Albuquerque. Reservations for the shuttles must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your travel date, or your place on the shuttle will not be guaranteed.

 

Santa Fe

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle

 

Travel Time:

 

5 to 10 minutes 

   

The Santa Fe airport is serviced by a limited number of flights and airlines. If you choose to fly into/out of Santa Fe, please call your hotel before the program starts for their recommendation regarding shuttle transportation from/to the airport.

 
Driving Directions
  Albuquerque International Sunport Exit the airport west onto Sunport Boulevard, which will take you to Interstate 25. Go north on I-25 to Santa Fe exit 278, Cerrillos Road (approximately 55-60 miles). Travel about 2.5 miles into Santa Fe; the DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe is at the intersection of Airport/Rodeo Road and Cerrillos Road and will be on your RIGHT. There is a stoplight at that intersection; the DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe is about a block further.
  Interstate 25 From the north or south, take I-25 to Santa Fe exit 278, Cerrillos Road. Travel about 2.5 miles into Santa Fe; the DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe is at the intersection of Airport/Rodeo Road and Cerrillos Road and will be on your RIGHT. There is a stoplight at that intersection; the DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe is about a block further.
Elevation Note: Santa Fe is at an elevation of 7,000'.

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: Arrive in Santa Fe/Orientation and Introductions
(Monday, December 23)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning Classes/Santa Fe Exploration/Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Procession and Dances
(Tuesday, December 24)

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
   
Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Buffalo Dance at Jemez Pueblo/Holiday Luncheon
(Wednesday, December 25)

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
   
Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Palace of the Governors and New Mexico Museum of History/Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Turtle Dance/Rancho de Chimayó/Village of Chimayó
(Thursday, December 26)

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
   
Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Native American Music Presentation/Corn Dance at Santo Domingo Pueblo/Free Afternoon
(Friday, December 27)

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
   
Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Museum of International Folk Art/Cochiti Pueblo
(Saturday, December 28)

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
   
Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Breakfast and Departure
(Sunday, December 29)
   
 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

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Santa Fe General Overview
Museums 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: 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


Christmas in Old Santa Fe


Author: Pedro Ribera Ortega


Description: Delightful book about holiday customs in Santa Fe



House Made of Dawn


Author: Momaday, N. Scott


House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the Southwest


Author: Childs, Craig


Indian Arts of the Southwest


Author: Page, Susanne & Jake


Prehistoric Astronomy in the Southwest


Author: Malville, J. McKim, and Putnam, Claudia


Description: A good introduction to Southwest Archeoastronomy



Pueblos of the Rio Grande: A Visitor's Guide


Author: Daniel Gibson


Description: One of the best and most definitive books on the Pueblos along the Rio Grande in New Mexico. Information about pueblo events including feast days and special dances included, as well as a page or two of information about the origination and history of each pueblo. An excellent book for anyone interested in New Mexico's pueblos and the people who keep the traditions alive.



Spider Woman's Granddaughters: Traditional Tales and Contemporary Writing by Native American Women


Author: Allen, Paula Gunn


The Journey of Coronado


Author: Casteneda, Pedro


The Rememberred Earth: An Anthology of Contemporary Native American Literature


Author: Hobson, Geary


Writing the Southwest


Author: Dunaway, David




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