Southwestern Archaeology and Art With Your Grandchild
Excavate a dig site with an archeologist, weave a rug with a Navajo teacher and create pottery from mud to polish as you explore ancient ruins and learn from Native Americans.
Rating (4.75)
Program No. 4947RJ
7 days
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At a Glance

The Southwest comes alive during this week of exploring the cultures of prehistoric and modern Native Americans. Learn to excavate and recognize artifacts while working on a 1,000-year-old site, led by an archaeologist. Discover Native American arts as you create your own pottery, weave a small rug in the ways of the Navajo and imagine what life was like for the ancient Puebloans as you descend into a prehistoric ceremonial kiva. Meet modern day members of the Ute and Navajo tribe and enjoy their music, dance, and stories about their lives in cowboy country. Grandchilden have special additional hands-on activities and insights regarding how the Ancient Ones lived in this country (while adults rest). No one knows what lies buried in the ground, until you sift through the dirt on the archaeological preserve where you are staying.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Site elevations of 5,500-7,000 feet. Program involves hands-on crafting; Day 6 field trip to Mesa Verde includes a 100 ft staircase, multiple ladders and crawling through an 18 in wide tunnel for 12 ft. on the ranger-guided tour.
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 ...

  • From mud to the finished piece, absorb skills to make your own pottery — from making the clay, forming vessels, painting and polishing them as the prehistoric Puebloans did.
  • Learn to weave a rug in the traditional Navajo style, taught by a Navajo artist.
  • A field trip to Mesa Verde National Park, led by an archaeologist, takes you back in time to wonder at the skills of the ancient cliff-dwellers.

General Notes

Program intended for grandchildren ages 10-13.
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