Hands-On Hopi Pottery at Capitol Reef National Park

Come witness the ancient rock art and inspiring landscapes of Capitol Reef National Park and learn the values of the Hopi people as you create traditional pottery.
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Program No. 20698RJ
7 days
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7 days
6 nights
17 meals
6B 5L 6D
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At a Glance

Deep in the desert, beneath the open sky, lives a Native American tribe with traditions as rich as the sand stone cliffs that surround them. Hopituh Shi-nu-mu, or Hopi for short, translates to "The Peaceful People," and they are known for their total reverence and respect for all things. In this educational adventure, experience the Hopi culture as you learn to create beautiful pottery with Hopi pottery instructors. Using only natural materials, take a piece of Mother Earth through every process of clay-making from molding to polishing with smooth river stones to painting with plant dyes. Discover the importance of Hopi Kachina dolls as you learn about their religious values, and enjoy traditional dishes. As your pottery dries between each phase, immerse yourself in the Hopi history and connect with the Southwest Natives who have called this land home for centuries.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Climbing in and out of vans; walking up to ¼ mile on a flat sidewalk on Day 2 and approximately 2 miles over uneven ground on Day 4 (optional); standing for 30 minutes; climbing a few stairs. Elevations of 4,500 ft.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore Fremont Indian State Park and discover rock art of Native peoples who inhabited the area until 1200 and have lunch at Big Rock Candy Mountain.
  • With an expert in Hopi pottery making, experience the spiritual element of crafting pottery from natural materials provided solely by the earth.
  • Delve into the unique features of Capitol Reef National Park and its 275-million-year-old geologic history.
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Alice Dashee
Alice Dashee, a renowned Hopi Potter, was born in Polacca, Arizona and is a member of the Eagle Clan. Pottery is a traditional art that has passed through her family and Clan Members for centuries, with skills being passed down through the generations. Her work has won awards at art shows and been featured in both private and public collections around the world from France to New Zealand. She was commissioned to make a special pot for the chief of Zimbabwe, Africa.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Gary E. Nielsen
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