New Mexico/Arizona

Literary Landscapes: Tony Hillerman’s Southwest Inspirations

Explore the life and legacy of author Tony Hillerman with an expert on his work, and learn about the landscapes, culture and native peoples that inspired his beloved works.
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Program No. 20164RJ
12 days
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Experience the Southwest on an adventure focused on American author Tony Hillerman. With a local expert, embark on a 12-day, three-state journey to discover the people and locations Hillerman wrote about in his 19-book mystery series, featuring officer Jim Chee and Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police. Hear special speakers, view film adaptations of Hillerman novels and discuss his books with your expert instructor and other fans of his work.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore the iconic buttes and bluffs of Monument Valley during a full-day Native American-led exploration.
  • See the majestic cliff walls, ruins and petroglyphs of Canyon de Chelly up close during an excursion into the Canyon.
  • Experience the views from atop Acoma Pueblo, one of the oldest continuously occupied communities in the U.S.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Southwest Inside Out, An Illustrated Guide to the Land and its History
by Thomas Wiewandt, Maureen Wilks
An outstanding guide to understanding the geomorphology of the Southwest, featuring the author's color photographs of canyons, dunes and other landforms.
Pueblo Nations: Eight Centuries of Pueblo Indian History
by Joe Sando
An expansive history of the Indian Pueblos of New Mexico from a Native American perspective. The book explores the origins of the tribe to its current struggles to maintain sovereignty, land and water rights.
How the Canyon Became Grand, A Short History
by Stephen J. Pyne
The history of the idea and allure of the Grand Canyon, and its transformation from worthless real estate to marvel of nature.
Book of the Hopi
by Oswald White Bear Fredericks, Frank Waters
Thirty Hopi elders share their legends, ceremonies, history and language.
Pueblo Indians of North America
by Edward P. Dozier
A rare glimpse into the life and culture of Eastern and Western Pueblos.
Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest
by Stephen Plog, Amy Elizabeth Grey (Illustrator)
This illustrated introduction provides an in-depth look at the ancient cultures that first inhabited the pueblos and cliff dwellings of the American Southwest. Organized chronologically, it features hundreds of maps, mostly black-and-white photographs and site diagrams.
Colorado Plateau, Wild and Beautiful
by John Annerino
A coffee table tribute to the geological wonderland of "Red Rock Country." Award-winning photographer and writer John Annerino takes us through the echoing canyons, towering hoodoos and cliff dwellings of the region’s beautiful parks and reserves.
The Book of the Navajo
by Raymond Friday Locke
An in-depth, scholarly portrait of the society, culture and history of the Navajo people.
Mesa Verde National Park, Shadows of the Centuries
by Duane Smith
A cultural and archaeological guide to Mesa Verde, including a history of the Anasazi, the story of the creation of the national park and the impact of modern tourism.
Lasting Light, 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography
by Stephen Trimble
A celebration of the canyon and its allure for great photographers, this book showcases work of prominent photographers over the last 125 years. The images are enhance by Trimble's profiles of 21 contemporary artists.
Lonely Planet Southwest USA
by Lonely Planet
A comprehensive, detailed practical guide to traveling in the American Southwest.
Santa Fe Map
by MapEasy
A plastic-coated, fold-up map of Santa Fe, including Taos and Albuquerque.
Dance Hall of the Dead
by Tony Hillerman
In this Navajo Tribal police mystery, Lt. Leaphorn is called upon to investigate the disappearance of two boys, one of whom has left behind a pool of blood.
Runner in the Sun
by D'Arcy McNickle
Nickles combined his anthropology background with all the suspense of a mystery to craft this novel about pre-Hispanic Indian life in the American Southwest.
The Spell of New Mexico
by Tony Hillerman (Editor)
A selection of 12 thoughtful essays on the New Mexico state of mind by great writers, including C.G. Jung, Mary Austin, D.H. Lawrence and Lawrence Clark Powell. Hillerman succeeds in communicating the lure of the desert Southwest in this wonderful, literate introduction to the state.
The Blessing Way
by Tony Hillerman
Hillerman's first mystery in the popular series introduces Detective Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police, as well as Hillerman's now-trademark attention to Southwestern peoples' cultures and histories.
The Great Taos Bank Robbery
by Tony Hillerman
Nine indelible tales of life in New Mexico by the great newspaperman and author of the terrific series of mysteries set on the Navajo Nation.
American Indian Myths and Legends
by Richard Erdoes, Alfonso Ortiz
An illustrated collection of 180 traditional stories from all over North America.

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