4445
New Mexico

Exploring the Santa Fe Indian Market

See artists’ demonstrations and meet local artists as you enjoy a comprehensive exploration of Santa Fe’s museums, galleries, markets and traditions of Indian Art.
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Program No. 4445RJ
Length
7 days
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7 days
6 nights
14 meals
6 B 4 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Santa Fe, NM
D
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:00-5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table 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. Remember to bring your name-tag (sent previously). Orientation is at 5:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Transportation for program-related activities will be via motorcoach unless specified otherwise. Please note all program activities take place at an elevation of 7,000 feet, so even routine physical activity such as walking and climbing stairs will be more challenging than at sea level. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. 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.

Dinner: At 7:00 p.m. in the hotel meeting room, we’ll have a plated meal with salad, entrée, dessert, and a beverage choice of coffee, tea, water.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, relax, and get a good night’s sleep for the full day ahead.

DAY
2
New Mexico History, Plaza, Indian Arts Center, Lecture
Santa Fe, NM
B,L,D
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Walking up to 1 mile; varied terrain with inclines. Standing for up to 2 hours at a time during field trips.

Breakfast: In the hotel’s dining room, we’ll have a breakfast buffet featuring a variety of options such as scrambled eggs, breakfast meats, waffles, biscuits and gravy, bagels, cereals, pastries, and fresh fruit, plus a beverage choice of coffee, tea, milk, juice, water.

Morning: In the hotel meeting room, our Group Leader will provide us with an overview of New Mexico’s fascinating and unique history. Next, our Group Leader will take us on a walking field trip in the Santa Fe Plaza. This has been the vibrant heart of the city for almost four centuries. There are numerous events throughout the year such as community gatherings, concerts, and Indian and Spanish Markets. Regardless of the season, there is always a lot to explore in this city. As the week goes on, we'll observe a transformation of the area; the relative calm we’ll see today will become a sea of white tents and a swarm of activity as vendors set up for the Indian Market.

Lunch: At a popular restaurant in the Santa Fe Plaza, we’ll have a plated meal from a select menu with a choice of entrée and a beverage choice of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We'll travel via motorcoach to the School for Advanced Research (SAR). The SAR was established in 1907 as a center for the study of the archaeology and ethnology of the American Southwest. The scope of its activities has grown to embrace a global perspective, advancing scholarship in anthropology and related disciplines and facilitating the work of Native American scholars and artists. While there, a docent will lead us through the vaults in the Indian Arts Research Center. Not generally open to the public, the IARC's collection (more than 12,000 items) is considered one of the most remarkable assemblages of Southwestern Native art in the world. We are very pleased to have permission to take our Road Scholar group into this incredible treasure trove. We'll see many rare items such as pottery, basketry, textiles, jewelry, and more as we learn about their provenance and significance.

Dinner: Buffet at the hotel

Evening: In the hotel meeting room, we will be joined by Hopi artist and educator, Ramson Lomatewama, who will give a presentation on Hopi life and art.

DAY
3
Navajo Jewelry, Poeh Cultural Center, Art Show
Santa Fe, NM
B,L,D
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; traveling about 50 miles, approximately 1.5 hours over the course of the day. Walking up to a mile; uneven, paved and unpaved terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: In our hotel meeting room, a Navajo jeweler will give us a presentation on the history of Navajo jewelry and silversmithing. We’ll also learn about his jewelry making process. Following the presentation, we will board our motorcoach and travel to Pojoaque for an exploration of the Poeh Cultural Center and Tower Gallery. The Group Leader will provide expert commentary on the way and during the field trip. The Poeh is a museum dedicated to the arts and culture of the Puebloan peoples, especially the Tewa, in the northern part of the state. Founded by Pojoaque Pueblo in 1987, its mission is to promote the work of Puebloan artists and the culture of Puebloan people from the pre-European period to the present age. The museum organizes changing exhibitions and is a large repository of permanent artifacts and programs. It has run and recorded the Oral Histories Documentation project, involving the participation of 38 Tewa elders who have provided stories about their lives. The information is available in both Tewa and English.

Lunch: We’ll walk across the street to a local restaurant and order a plated entrée off of the menu. We’ll have a beverage choice of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We’ll travel back to Santa Fe and go on a self-directed field trip to an indigenous art show (We are the Seeds) in the Santa Fe Railyard. This show premiered in 2017 as an alternative to the Indian Market. It attracts about 150 artists over the three days it runs. We will see many examples of the art we have been learning about. After, we’ll board the motorcoach and ride back to the hotel.

Dinner: Hotel buffet meal.

Evening: In our hotel meeting room, we will enjoy a concert by a Native American flutist. We will learn about the origins of his music and the flute itself.

DAY
4
Artist Demos, Tesuque Pueblo, Market Preview
Santa Fe, NM
B,L
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; traveling about 35 miles, approximately 1 hour, over the course of the day. Walking up to a mile; varied terrain. Standing up to 2 hours during field trip.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: In our hotel meeting room, our expert instructor will teach us about the history, art and culture of the Pueblos of the Rio Grande Valley. We'll then ride via motorcoach to the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian and go on a self-directed field trip. While there, we'll see native artists demonstrating how they make their work. This museum is dedicated to contemporary and traditional American Indian art, with a focus on the Southwest. The Navajo hogan (traditional shelter) inspired its architectural design. The Case Trading Post is modeled after some of the old trading posts of the southwest. After viewing the artists' demonstrations, we will return to the motorcoach and travel to Tesuque Pueblo.

Lunch: In a private home at Tesuque Pueblo, we will enjoy a traditional Feast Day meal. It will include multiple family-style entrée options, salads, desserts and beverage choices of coffee, tea, water.

Afternoon: We'll hear about contemporary life on the Pueblo from our host and hostess. We will return to the hotel in the late afternoon with some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. Santa Fe is known for the breadth and depth of its culinary offerings. Not to be confused with "Tex-Mex," New Mexican cuisine is a fusion of Native American and Spanish ingredients and techniques. There are a number of fine restaurants within walking distance of the Santa Fe Plaza. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At 5:45 p.m., we'll meet our Group Leader in the hotel lobby and walk to our self-directed field trip at the Santa Fe Convention Center. Once there, we will attend the long-awaited Indian Market General Preview where we'll see the juried submissions and the award-winning pieces. This evening's event is a feast for the eyes, with the best of classification and division well represented. Take the opportunity to note some of the artists' booth numbers so you can find more of their work at the Indian Market. We will walk back to the hotel at approximately 8:00 p.m. Those who would like to leave earlier may return to the hotel on their own.

DAY
5
Santa Fe Indian Market, Free Time
Santa Fe, NM
B,L
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile throughout the day through crowded areas; paved, sometimes uneven terrain. Standing for several hours during field trips. Extent and duration of walking during self-directed field trip according to personal choice.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll walk with our Group Leader to the Santa Fe Indian Market for a self-directed field trip. The Market officially opens at 8:00 a.m.; however, collectors often arrive much earlier (some even camp out overnight) in order to be first in line when their favorite artists open their booths. We’ll view the dazzling array of Native American arts and crafts.

Lunch: We’ll walk back to the hotel and have a buffet lunch with sandwiches, salad, soup and beverage choices of coffee, tea and water.

Afternoon: Free time. Continue exploring the Indian Market, other sites of interest, or return to the hotel on your own.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure. Feel free to explore downtown, socialize with fellow Road Scholars, or relax at the hotel.

DAY
6
Free Time, Wrap-Up Session
Santa Fe, NM
B,D
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Extent and duration of walking during self-directed field trip according to personal choice.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Free time. This time has been set aside for you to see and do what interests you most. Continue exploring the Indian Market, other sites of interest, or relax at the hotel.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free Time.

Dinner: Hotel buffet meal. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: In our hotel meeting room, we will have a program wrap-up session where we can share our favorite moments and art works, and say goodbye to our fellow Road Scholars.

DAY
7
Program Concludes
Santa Fe, NM
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. 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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