The Art and Culture of Hopi

Field Trip

Friday, September 14–Monday, September 17, 2012, Trip is Full

Hopi Man stereoview, circa 1900 (3-D)Hopi Man stereoview, circa 1900 (3-D)Courtesy of Jason S. Ordaz. Request 3-D glasses or build your own (PDF, 315 KB).Hopi Man stereoview, circa 1900 (3-D)Courtesy of Jason S. Ordaz. Request 3-D glasses or build your own (PDF, 315 KB).

Imagine yourself relaxing in the style of the 1920s as you travel through the red and white sandstone cliffs of western New Mexico on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief for a three-night stay at one of the last great railroad hotels, La Posada in Winslow, AZ. Designed by renowned architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, La Posada Hotel was built in 1929 and beautifully restored in 1997 after a forty-year closure. It now features elegant dining in addition to first-class accommodations. A historical tour of the hotel will be included in your visit.

The trip will highlight the Hopi Pueblo culture of the past and present. Archaeologist Charles (Chuck) Adams, a researcher with the Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona, will be our guide for the weekend. The first day will be spent along the Little Colorado River looking at spectacular ancestral Hopi archaeological sites that are part of a cluster of ancient villages that the Hopi call Homol’ovi—“place of small hills.” Some of these villages, occupied between AD 1260 and 1400, contain more than 1,000 rooms. We will also visit Rock Art Ranch, a hidden gem along the Chevelon Canyon. Petroglyph panels spanning more than 2,000 years adorn the canyon walls with thousands of human forms, animals, and geometric patterns. We will also tour the ranch’s eclectic museum of cowboy and archaeological collections.

Our second day will be spent visiting the Hopi Mesas, the setting for villages that have been continuously occupied for more than 800 years. Hopi guides will take us on a walking tour through the Village of Walpi, one of the most traditional of all the villages. At Walpi, you will have an opportunity to visit various artisans, including basket makers, potters, and kachina carvers. We will also meet Rachel Sahmie at her home in Polacca for a pottery-making demonstration. Rachel is a fifth-generation Hopi-Tewa potter, a member of the talented Nampeyo family. Using traditional coiling and firing practices, she creates exquisitely beautiful pottery made of natural clays and paints.

Registration: Payment must be paid in full at time of registration; sixty-day cancellation policy is in effect.

Activity Level: Easy to moderate, the trip incorporates short walks to ruins and rock art sites, a pottery-making demonstration, visits with village artists, and a tour of the hotel.

Cost (per person): $1,000 (double occupancy) and $1,165 (single occupancy), includes three nights lodging at the La Posada, all meals, round-trip train travel from Lamy to Winslow, van transportation to Hopi cultural sites, lectures, guide and artist honorariums, and entrance fees.

Trip Registration: To ensure that field trip registration is equitable, SAR will be using a lottery system. Please send your field trip requests (PDF, 728 KB) by mail—postmarked no later than March 9, 2012. Do not send any trip payment with your lottery registration. A drawing will then be held for each trip, and members will be notified of the results by March 23, 2012. Please note that memberships at or above the Galisteo level receive advance registration.

For more information, visit the Field Trips section.

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