1091
Arizona

Southwestern Studies: History and Culture of the Hopi People

Immerse yourself in the culture and story of the Hopi as you join members of the Hopi nation to visit important sites, attend artist demonstrations and delight in a traditional meal.
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Program No. 1091RJ
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Hopi Indian Reservation (Second Mesa)
D
Hopi Cultural Center Motel

Activity note: Check-in available from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration. 4:45 – 5:15 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table located in the motel restaurant to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: In the Hopi Cultural Center restaurant, we’ll have a plated dinner with a choice of entrée, salad, dessert, plus coffee, tea and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions in the Hopi Cultural Center conference room. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. The majority of our lectures and field trips will be conducted by our Group Leader at the Hopi Cultural Center Restaurant, unless specified otherwise. Transportation will be provided primarily by 10-passenger vans unless otherwise noted. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow Road Scholars. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We’ll then begin our discussion of Hopi culture with our Group Leader, a member of the Hopi tribe. Afterwards, continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Hopi Culture, Reservation field trip, Tewa Culture
Hopi Indian Reservation (Second Mesa)
B,L,D
Hopi Cultural Center Motel

Activity note: Minimal walking. Driving distance 40 miles/60 minutes

Breakfast: At the Hopi Cultural Center Restaurant, choose from a number of plated breakfast selections including eggs, oatmeal, toast and breakfast meats, plus coffee, tea, juice and water.

Morning: We’ll begin with our first session on Hopi culture at the hotel conference room with our Group Leader. We will discuss questions such as: who are the Hopi and how have they been able to preserve their culture and ways of life for over a millennium in the often harsh environment of northern Arizona? Topics will focus on their history stemming from their Anasazi ancestors, the migration to the Hopi Mesas, the pueblo revolt of 1680, their long struggle with the US government and their Navajo neighbors over tribal boundaries, and the challenges of living on the reservation today.

Lunch: In the cultural center restaurant, choose daily from a variety of sandwiches and sides, plus a standard beverage.

Afternoon: We’ll leave the hotel and travel through the land of the Hopi to several villages to see the community layout and get a glimpse of daily life. En route, we’ll hear from our Group Leader and another tribal member about the differences between the mesas and even between the villages on the same mesa. From atop some of the mesas, we will have sweeping vistas to the fields below where dry farming techniques are used to this day. We’ll take time to stop for an informative walk led by our experts. We’ll then return to the Hopi Cultural Center in late afternoon.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: Gathering in the hotel conference room with a tribal historian, we will discuss Tewa history and culture, comparing and contrasting it to the Hopi.

DAY
3
Hopi Pottery Demo, Walpi Village, Hopi Issues
Hopi Indian Reservation (Second Mesa)
B,L,D
Hopi Cultural Center Motel

Activity note: Driving approximately 20 miles to Walpi; about 1/2 hour one way. Walking in Walpi about 1 mile; approximately 1 hour; uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel plated meal.

Morning: At the hotel conference room, we’ll enjoy a pottery demonstration from start to finish with an engaging presentation by a Hopi artist. The process begins with clay gathering at sacred sites and continues with the tempering process, coiling, shaping and building techniques, burnishing, design and painting techniques, and finally the firing process with sheep dung. We’ll 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: Hotel plated meal.

Afternoon: We’ll then board our vans and travel to the village of Walpi on the First Mesa where we will go on a walking field trip led by a village member through the village, past ancient structures, Hopi bread ovens, kivas, and a plaza area for dances and ceremonies. Walpi commands a stunning setting with its centuries-old pueblos perched on the edge of First Mesa, overlooking ancient and traditional fields below. 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. We’ll then return to the HCC.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: In the Cultural Center meeting room, we will gather for a discussion focused on tribal issues led by our Group Leader. We will attempt to see how members of the autonomous Hopi nation, as U.S. citizens with distinct village associations and finally connections to their clans, navigate their allegiance.

DAY
4
Hopi Jewelry demo, Ozaivi Village Field Trip
Hopi Indian Reservation (Second Mesa)
B,L,D
Hopi Cultural Center Motel

Activity note: Driving approximately 20 miles to Oraibi; about 1/2 hour. Walking about 1/2 mile throughout the day; periods of standing up to 1 hour; uneven and unpaved surfaces.

Breakfast: Hotel plated meal.

Morning: At the hotel conference room, we’ll watch a Hopi silversmith at work, demonstrating the overlay process while learning from her the cultural significance of her art. The Hopi are renowned for their silver work and indeed it provides a significant income source for the community.

Lunch: Hotel plated meal.

Afternoon: We’ll leave the hotel and travel to the important historic village of Ozaivi, located on Third Mesa. Founded in 1100 CE, it is one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the United States. Its history includes significant conflict with Spanish missionaries, inter- tribal schism, and today it is one of the most traditional villages on the mesas. Because of its sensitivity to outside visitors, we will largely remain on the outskirts of the village.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Kachina Carving, Dawa Park Petroglyphs, Hopi Dinner
Hopi Indian Reservation (Second Mesa)
B,L,D
Hopi Cultural Center Motel

Activity note: Driving approx. 60 miles roundtrip; about 1.5 hours. Limited walking at Dawa Park; sandy and uneven, terrain; some rock art is within 50 feet of the vehicles so it can be accessed and viewed by all participants.

Breakfast: Hotel plated meal.

Morning: Gathering together in the hotel conference room, we’ll enjoy a demonstration of the ancient art of Kachina doll carving by a local artist. We'll see how the dolls are made as we hear about their significance in Hopi life and culture. Are they deities? Spirits? Or are they too esoteric for non-Hopi to understand?

Lunch: Hotel plated meal.

Afternoon: Next, we will travel by vans to Third Mesa where our first stop will be to 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. The group will then depart for Dawa Park to view an amazing array of rock art – over 1,000 images have been counted. To get there, we’ll travel across the mesas to this beautiful site where images have been carved into the rock over hundreds of years. Although their meanings can never truly be known, our Hopi leader will interpret some of the images as they relate to clan symbols known today.

Dinner: At a local villager’s house, we’ll share a traditional home-cooked meal of corn hominy stew with Hopi community members. Enjoy the opportunity to converse in an informal setting. Coffee, tea and water included.

Evening: The traditional dinner will stretch into evening hours as we continue our discussion and do program wrap-up to reflect upon our week together. We’ll return to the Hopi Cultural Center afterwards. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes, Independent Departures
Hopi Indian Reservation (Second Mesa)
B

Activity note: HCC check-out by 11:00 a.m. Van shuttle back to Flagstaff will depart at approx. 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast: Hotel plated meal. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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