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4541
Arizona/New Mexico

Ancestral Homelands: Hopi, Navajo and Chaco Canyon

Immerse yourself in the culture and mystery of America’s Southwest as you explore ancient cliff dwellings, attend a Native-arts demonstration and visit world-renowned Chaco Canyon.
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Program No. 4541RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,449
Arizona/New Mexico

Ancestral Homelands: Hopi, Navajo and Chaco Canyon

Immerse yourself in the culture and mystery of America’s Southwest as you explore ancient cliff dwellings, attend a Native-arts demonstration and visit world-renowned Chaco Canyon.
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,449
Program No. 4541 RJ
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Oct 17 - Oct 23, 2021
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1,449
Oct 24 - Oct 30, 2021
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1,449
Mar 13 - Mar 19, 2022
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1,449
Mar 20 - Mar 26, 2022
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1,499
Apr 3 - Apr 9, 2022
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1,499
Apr 10 - Apr 16, 2022
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Apr 17 - Apr 23, 2022
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May 1 - May 7, 2022
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Sep 18 - Sep 24, 2022
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Sep 25 - Oct 1, 2022
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1,499
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Oct 2 - Oct 8, 2022
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Oct 9 - Oct 15, 2022
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Oct 16 - Oct 22, 2022
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Oct 23 - Oct 29, 2022
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 17 - Oct 23, 2021
Starting at
1,749
Oct 24 - Oct 30, 2021
Starting at
1,749
Mar 13 - Mar 19, 2022
Starting at
1,749
Mar 20 - Mar 26, 2022
Starting at
1,799
Apr 3 - Apr 9, 2022
Starting at
1,799
Apr 10 - Apr 16, 2022
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1,799
Apr 17 - Apr 23, 2022
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1,799
May 1 - May 7, 2022
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1,799
Sep 18 - Sep 24, 2022
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1,799
Sep 25 - Oct 1, 2022
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1,799
Itinerary Note

RC-10

Oct 2 - Oct 8, 2022
Starting at
1,799
Oct 9 - Oct 15, 2022
Starting at
1,799
Oct 16 - Oct 22, 2022
Starting at
1,799
Oct 23 - Oct 29, 2022
Starting at
1,799

At a Glance

The Southwest is the keeper of America’s best-preserved and most compelling archaeological treasures. That heritage continues today in the modern Hopi and Navajo culture of northeastern Arizona. Hear personal insights as Native American representatives share cultural achievements, historic struggles and modern challenges. Then journey to uncover the mystery of Chaco Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its Great Houses and Great Kivas, displaying prehistoric architectural masterpieces on a grand scale.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 1.5 miles on varied terrain. Exploration of ruins requires agility. Elevations up to 7,000-plus feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Visit cliff dwellings at Walnut Canyon National Monument and, on the Hopi Reservation, experience a cultural demonstration and explore a Pueblo village that is one the oldest continually inhabited American settlement.
  • On the Navajo Reservation enjoy a 4x4 vehicle trip into the heart of Canyon De Chelly.
  • Journey to the center of the Ancestral Puebloan world — Chaco Canyon — to explore the Pueblo Bonito, Chetro Ketl and the Great Kiva of Casa Rinconada.
Featured Expert
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Stewart Lasseter
After completing studies in geo-science, natural history and Spanish at the University of Arizona, Stewart Lasseter studied as the protege of a Native American healer, learning from her practices of wholeness, kinesiology, mind-body medicine and dyslexia correction. He has years of experience bringing groups in touch with the natural world, and has completed post-graduate studies in health sciences at Prescott College.

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

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After completing studies in geo-science, natural history and Spanish at the University of Arizona, Stewart Lasseter studied as the protege of a Native American healer, learning from her practices of wholeness, kinesiology, mind-body medicine and dyslexia correction. He has years of experience bringing groups in touch with the natural world, and has completed post-graduate studies in health sciences at Prescott College.
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Dorothy Ami is a well-respected Hopi potter. Her demonstrations detail the pottery making process — from gathering the clay to tempering, coiling a piece, making the paints from nature, painting with a yucca brush and firing.
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Amy Calhoun has been writing poetry, short stories and human interest pieces for local publications for nearly 35 years. She is an artist working with furniture and mixed media, pulling from her inspiration -- the great Southwest. Amy enjoys the outdoors as much as anything else she. She has spent time studying archeology and anthropology and enjoys working relationships and friendships with members of many Arizona tribes. She has raised three children and has two young granddaughters.
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Vic Smith is a freelance photographer, writer and guide who lives in Flagstaff, Ariz. and near Missoula, Mont. He volunteers as a docent at the Museum of Northern Arizona and works as field staff for Road Scholar programs at Northern Arizona University. For many years, Vic worked in the field of satellite communications for NASA, and now he loves to share his knowledge of science and art on the educational excursions that he leads.
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Anne is a 20-year resident of Flagstaff with a background in the arts and humanities and a degree in Museum Studies. Most recently she worked with the Museum of Northern Arizona as the Heritage program manager, producing the Hopi, Navajo, Zuni and Celebraciones Festivals of Art and Culture. Anne serves on the boards of several nonprofits in Arizona and owns McGaughs, a fine wine and craft beer store, with her husband James and two cute dogs.
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Fil Kewanyama was born in the village of Shungopavi on Second Mesa on Hopi Land in northeastern Arizona. He is of the Qalwung'gwa (Sun Forehead) clan and grew up with all the ceremonies that are still a part of his life. Following his military service, Fil moved to Phoenix and then Prescott, Arizona where he started focusing on his art. Fil says he grew up learning to draw, paint and carve as it was all around him in the form of Hopi ceremonies and rituals.
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Kristin Hooten, born in El Paso, Texas, has spent the majority of her life in the mountains of Flagstaff, Arizona. She has a BA in parks and recreation management with an emphasis in outdoor education and leadership. While a student, Kristin worked with Road Scholar in capacities including administrative and back-office duties as well as leading hiking and backpacking, intergenerational, and On The Road programs. Since then, her passion for promoting lifelong learning has brought her back to Road Scholar at Northern Arizona University.
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Donnie Stockwell, born the son of an avid fisherman and hunter, grew up exploring the bountiful landscapes of the American Southwest. After graduating high school as valedictorian, he studied at Seattle University and has been shaped by the beautiful communities of Seattle, Washington; Glacier, Montana; Bend, Oregon; and Flagstaff, Arizona. Donnie has an admiration for the outdoors that leads his passion about the human histories of ancient peoples, the immense timelines buried in geology, and the bountiful ecosystems that support a plethora of life.
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Sandy Kehs, a Pennsylvania native, fell in love with the West at 16. After completing her Master's degree in Spanish at Penn State, she chose Arizona as her home to further her bi-lingual skills, love of the outdoors, and interest in archaeology. She is involved in protecting archeological sites in Arizona through the Site Steward Program and also works for the Elden Pueblo Project, educating students about archaeology in Flagstaff. Other interests include bird watching, marveling at the night sky, and traveling with husband Dan.
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.
In Search of Chaco
by Noble, David Grant
Startling discoveries and impassioned debates have emerged from the "Chaco Phenomenon" since the publication of New Light on Chaco Canyon twenty years ago. This completely updated edition features seventeen original essays, scores of photographs, maps, and site plans, and the perspectives of archaeologists, historians, and Native American thinkers. For more than a century archaeologists and others have pursued Chaco Canyon's many and elusive meanings. In Search of Chaco brings these explorations to a new generation of enthusiasts.
People of Chaco: A Canyon and Its Culture
by Frazier, Kendrick
Chaco Wash has cut a broad canyon through northwestern New Mexico. Its natural beauty is surpassed only by the many prehistoric ruins it contains, which were built by the Chacoan Anasazi, the ancestors of the modern Pueblo Indians. About 1000 years ago, the Chacoans constructed multistory residences, established an extensive road system, exercised cultural hegemony over a large region in the southwestern United States, and then suddenly left. Frazier skillfully recounts the fascinating story of Chaco Canyon. He describes its discovery and exploration, its role in the development of American archaeology, and the clues it contains about a unique cultural system. Gordon C. Tucker, Jr., Nickens and Assocs., Montrose, Col. 261pp
The Fourth World of the Hopis: The Epic Story of the Hopi Indians As Preserved in Their Legends and Traditions
by Courlander, Harold
Folklorist Courlander traces Hopi legends from the tribe’s search through the wilderness for its home location to its settling on the Hopi Mesas and development thereafter. 239pp
In the House of Rain
by Childs, Craig
In this landmark work on the Anasazi tribes of the Southwest, naturalist Craig Childs dives head on into the mysteries of this vanished people. The various tribes that made up the Anasazi people converged on Chaco Canyon (New Mexico) during the 11th century to create a civilization hailed as "the Las Vegas of its day," a flourishing cultural center that attracted pilgrims from far and wide, and a vital crossroads of the prehistoric world. By the 13th century, however, Chaco's vibrant community had disappeared without a trace. Was it drought? Pestilence? War? Forced migration, mass murder or suicide? Conflicting theories have abounded for years, capturing the North American imagination for eons.
Native Roads : The Complete Motoring Guide to the Navajo and Hopi Nations
by Kosik, Frank
Using the mile markers of the US, Arizona, and Navajo highways and routes running through the Navajo and Hopi nations as her organizing principle, the author offers a travel guide to the sites found in the area. Natural, historical, and cultural points of interest are covered, along with some information on lodging and services. 280 pp
Diné: A History of the Navajos
by Iverson, Peter; Roessel, Monty
This comprehensive narrative traces the history of the Navajos from their origins to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Based on extensive archival research, traditional accounts, interviews, historic and contemporary photographs, and firsthand observation, it provides a detailed, up-to-date portrait of the Diné past and present that will be essential for scholars, students, and interested general readers, both Navajo and non-Navajo.
Warriors: Navajo Code Talkers
by Kawano, Kenji
The American offensive in the Pacific during World War II [was] hampered by the Japanese ability to crack the most secret U.S. Codes. Navajo was virtually unknown outside the reservations, ... and [their] code proved uncrackable. Kenji Kawano's striking photographs capture the quiet dignity of the surviving veterans as they recall their actions --Los Angeles Times 128 pp





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