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Archaeology, Native American Art: Southwest Intergenerational Program

Program Number: 4947RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/20/2014 - 7/26/2014; 7/12/2015 - 7/18/2015; 8/9/2015 - 8/15/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Mesa Verde Country, Colorado
Price starting at: $899.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Native American Studies; Arts, Misc.
Intergenerational
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    

Program intended for grandchildren from 10 - 13 years of age.

The Southwest comes alive during this week of exploring the cultures of prehistoric and modern Native Americans. Learn to excavate and recognize artifacts while working on a 1,000-year-old site, led by an archaeologist. Discover Native American arts as you create your own pottery, weave a small rug in the ways of the Navajo and imagine what life was like for the ancient Puebloans as you descend into a prehistoric ceremonial kiva. Meet modern day members of the Ute and Navajo tribe and enjoy their music, dance, and stories about their lives in cowboy country. Grandchilden have special additional hands-on activities and insights regarding how the Ancient Ones lived in this country (while adults rest). No one knows what lies buried in the ground, until you sift through the dirt on the archaeological preserve where you are staying.




Highlights

• From mud to the finished piece, absorb skills to make your own pottery — from making the clay, forming vessels, painting and polishing them as the prehistoric Puebloans did.
• Learn to weave a rug in the traditional Navajo style, taught by a Navajo artist.
• A field trip to Mesa Verde National Park, led by an archaeologist, takes you back in time to wonder at the skills of the ancient cliff-dwellers.



Activity Particulars

Site elevations of 5,500-7,000 feet.



Coordinated by McElmo Canyon Research Institute.




Mesa Verde Country

Mesa Verde Country encompasses rich archeological and natural treasures, from the cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloans at Mesa Verde National Park to the spectacular red rock scenery in nearby canyons. The area is just a short drive from the Four Corners region along scenic byways and through quaint western towns, including Cortez.



Accommodations
Adobe-style B&B, courtyard and adjacent cabins on 40-acre archaeological preserve with fruit trees and Anasazi ruins in a sculpted red-rock canyon at the base of 10,000 ft. Sleeping Ute Mountain.

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

Diane McBride has shared her passions for archaeology and education with students of all ages, and has taught in a variety of settings. She is the lead educator for the Anasazi Heritage Center Museum, the coordinator of Cultural Site Stewardship Program for Canyons of the Ancients National Monument under the San Juan Mountains Association, and an educator for Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. In her free time, you can find Diane hiking the canyons and mesas or traveling the world with her husband and best friend, Bob.
 
Jim Colleran

Jim Colleran is an educational archaeologist who has been working in the Four Corners area for over 25 years, and has been leading Road Scholar learning adventures for more than 15 years. He wishes to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for the Ancient Puebloans and modern day Native Americans with all who wish to learn. Participants have praised his teaching methods, his passion for and understanding of the region, and frequently call him a national treasure.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Kelly Place B&B
  Cortez, CO 6 nights
 Kelly Place B&B
Type: Lodge
  Description: Kelly Place is both an outdoor educational center and unique bed and breakfast located in the heart of the Four Corners. The lodge is an adobe-style building with courtyards, built in the mid-1960's. The atmosphere is relaxed, southwestern style. On-site, prehistoric "cliff-dweller" ruins are found in various stages of excavation or restoration. Hiking into Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, bordering Kelly Place, offers both natural beauty and more Ancestral Puebloan ruin sites. Kelly Place is nestled in a sculpted red-rock canyon at the base of majestic Sleeping Ute Mountain. Fruit trees planted by former owner of Kelly Place and celebrated horticulturist, George Kelly, are at their mature best. Descend into a kiva fully restored by Road Scholar participants and imagine how it was a thousand years ago.
  Contact info: 14537 Road G
Cortez, CO 81321 USA
phone: 970-565-3125
web: www.kellyplace.com
  Facility amenities: Full country-style meals are served daily in the lodge. Documentary DVD & VHS movies in the lounge. Books, magazines and games are also available. Kelly Place is a secluded retreat from the outside world, rich in natural beauty and steeped in history. A self-guided tour takes one to some of the documented archaeological sites on the property. Free wireless internet in the main lodge.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: 10% discount Contact Kelly Place to arrange additional nights. Ask for a 10% discount for Road Scholar participants staying additional nights!
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: 10% discount Contact Kelly Place to arrange additional nights. Ask for a 10% discount for Road Scholar participants staying additional nights!
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in between 3:00 and 5:00 PM. Orientation at 5:15 PM. You will be staying at Kelly Place B&B that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Checkout by 11 AM. You will be staying at Kelly Place B&B the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Cortez, CO
  Nearest city or town:  Located near Bluff, UT; Durango, CO; Shiprock, NM
  Nearest highway: 160/491 (Note Hwy 491 is called 666 on old maps.
  Nearest airport:  Cortez Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Cortez, CO
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Cortez Municipal Airport (CEZ) to Kelly Place B&B, Cortez

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Cortez Cab
phone: 970-565-6911
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$33
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

0.25 hr 

 

Distance:

 

11 miles

   

$2 each additional person www.cortezcab.com email: ride@cortezcab.com

 
Driving Directions
  Albuquerque, NM For couples, it may be cost effective to fly in to Albuquerque and rent a car for the entire stay. The drive between Cortez and Albuquerque is across level, scenic terrain and takes about 4-5 hours.
  All points It is possible to avoid driving on high mountain roads by avoiding the (very scenic) roads west of Denver or Colorado Springs. Try to approach Cortez through Gallup, NM or Farmington, NM, for flatter terrain.
  Cortez, CO Take 491/160 South just west of downtown Cortez. After the merge of these 2 highways, the next traffic light is 7th St. The traffic light after that is Road G. Turn right onto Road G (going west). Sign says "To Airport" and "Hovenweep National Monument". Travel 10.2 miles to entrance for Kelly Place. Follow driveway about a mile to lodge.
  Shiprock, NM Take 491 North approx. 40 miles to first traffic light, about 9 miles past the Ute Casino. Turn left onto Road G (going west). Sign says " To Airport" and "To Hovenweep National Monument". Travel 10.2 miles to entrance for Kelly Place at sign. Follow driveway about a mile to lodge.
Elevation Note: 7,000 ft is the highest elevation experienced. Most activities take place at 5,400 ft.

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: Arrival, Check-In, Orientation and Introductions
(Sunday, July 20)
   
 Arrive To: CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm. When you get your room assignment, you will also receive your welcome packet containing your name tag, updated schedule, and other important information we will review during the orientation session.

ORIENTATION: 5:15pm. The on-site Road Scholar program coordinator and staff will greet you. We will discuss information about your accommodations, meals, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and emergency contacts, and answer any questions you may have. If you arrive late, pick up your packet in the lodge and ask staff to escort you to the meeting room.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to weather and other local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

 Dinner: A hearty homecooked meal prepared especially for you is served buffet-style in the lodge dining room, including soft beverages, and dessert. Beer or wine may be purchased.
 Evening: GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Your program coordinator will go over the schedule for the week and you will learn more about your coordinator and your instructors. We have introductions and discuss what everyone hopes to take home from their experiences in classes. The instructor would like to learn about your experience level and interests.The remainder of the evening is free for you to settle in and prepare for the week.

The lodge includes a lounge area with a diverse library, games, dvds and videos, and a computer for Internet access; Wifi available. The French doors surround an enclosed Spanish style flagstone courtyard with a spectacular view of Sleeping Ute Mountain.

   
Accommodations: Kelly Place B&B
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Getting started: Navajo weaving and Pottery building
(Monday, July 21)
   
 Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.
 Morning: For introductory sessions, grandparents and grandchildren are taught separately. For the rest of the program, grandparents and grandchildren work together, but the group is split in two for a better learning environment. Grandparents-Navajo weaving Weaving is taught by a Navajo weaver on small looms so that the weaving can be worked on during the week and completed. Grandchildren - Primitive pottery Pottery begins with the dirt and ends with the piece(s) you form, paint and polish in the way the Ancestral Puebloans did. Pit firing depends on the level of fire hazard at the time.
 Lunch: A buffet style homemade lunch is provided in the lodge dining room, featuring seasonally appropriate foods, beverages and dessert.
 Afternoon: Grandparents-Primitive pottery; Grandchildren - Navajo weaving
 Dinner: A hearty homecooked meal prepared especially for you is served buffet-style in the lodge dining room, including soft beverages, and dessert. Beer or wine may be purchased.
 Evening: Flintknapping demonstration or video
   
Accommodations: Kelly Place B&B
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Archaeology - Learn about the past inhabitants of this area Pottery - Continue to create your piece
(Tuesday, July 22)
   
 Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.
 Morning: Group one-Archaeology; Staff archaeologist gives a talk about the ancient Native American cultures that lived here hundreds of years ago. Visit a ceremonial kiva, restored to the way it probably was when it was originally used. Group two-Primitive pottery
 Lunch: A buffet style homemade lunch is provided in the lodge dining room, featuring seasonally appropriate foods, beverages and dessert.
 Afternoon: Group one-Primitive pottery; Group two-Archaeology. See above.
 Dinner: A hearty homecooked meal prepared especially for you is served buffet-style in the lodge dining room, including soft beverages, and dessert. Beer or wine may be purchased.
 Evening: The Ancestral Puebloans: Learn about how the solstice markers, carved into rocks by the prehistoric Native Americans, were discovered and see a video clip about how they work.
   
Accommodations: Kelly Place B&B
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Archaeology - Excavation to see what is in the ground Weaving - Continue working on your Navajo rug
(Wednesday, July 23)
   
 Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.
 Morning: Group one-Archaeology; Staff archaeologist will lead participants in excavation of an actual Ancestral Puebloan ruin site. Learn how archaeologists work and find out what is under the ground! Group two-Navajo weaving
 Lunch: A buffet style homemade lunch is provided in the lodge dining room, featuring seasonally appropriate foods, beverages and dessert.
 Afternoon: Group one-Navajo weaving; Group two-Archaeological excavation. (See above.)
 Dinner: A hearty homecooked meal prepared especially for you is served buffet-style in the lodge dining room, including soft beverages, and dessert. Beer or wine may be purchased.
 Evening: Native American Culture, Music & Dance: Members of the Ute and Navajo tribes tell how they live in the modern world. Participants are invited to join in the traditional dances.
   
Accommodations: Kelly Place B&B
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Archaeology - Curation is working with excavated items to understand more Pottery - Paint and polish your pottery
(Thursday, July 24)
   
 Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.
 Morning: Group one-Pottery; Group two-Curation of artifacts found during excavation. What can we learn from what you found?
 Lunch: A buffet style homemade lunch is provided in the lodge dining room, featuring seasonally appropriate foods, beverages and dessert.
 Afternoon: Group one-Curation of artifacts found during excavation; (See above.) Group two-Pottery
 Dinner: A hearty homecooked meal prepared especially for you is served buffet-style in the lodge dining room, including soft beverages, and dessert. Beer or wine may be purchased.
 Evening: Free night
   
Accommodations: Kelly Place B&B
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Mesa Verde National Park
(Friday, July 25)
   
 Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.
 Morning: All day field trip to Mesa Verde National Park accompanied by staff archaeologist.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at Mesa Verde.
 Afternoon: Field trip continued
 Dinner: Savor a relaxed meal cooked and served outdoors for you on the Kelly Place courtyard. Unburden your mind as you watch the southwestern sunset on your final evening viewing the beautiful Sleeping Ute Mountain.
 Evening: Concluding remarks
   
Accommodations: Kelly Place B&B
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7:
(Saturday, July 26)
   
 Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.
 Morning: The program concludes after breakfast. Check-out is by 11:00 AM. We hope you have enjoyed this adventure and will join us for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Cortez, CO Cortez Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 970-565-3414 For additional information, visit www.cortezchamber.org
  Mesa Verde Country Visitor Information Bureau
Phone: 800-253-1616 For additional information, visit www.mesaverdecountry.com
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


Finders Keepers


Author: Craig Childs


House of Rain


Author: Craig Childs


In Search of the Old Ones


Author: David Roberts


Those Who Came Before


Author: Robert & Florence Lister




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