Canyon de Chelly and the Navajo-Churro Sheep Resurgence

Limited to 20 people

Field Trip

Friday, June 16–Sunday, June 18, 2017, $995 per person for double occupancy; $90 additional for single supplement, price includes $50 donation to SAR

Navajo-Churro SheepNavajo-Churro SheepPhoto courtesy of Navajo-Churro Sheep Association.

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Study Leader: Ellen Bradbury Reid, Director, Recursos de Santa Fe

Special Preparatory Talk - Thursday, June 15, 10 AM
Kit Carson and Canyon de Chelly, a talk by Hampton Sides (open to field trip participants only). Dobkin Board Room, SAR.

Canyon de Chelly is the second largest canyon in the United States and one of the country’s great cultural monuments. It also serves as a living memorial to the forced removal of the Navajo during the expansion of the United States in the mid-1800s. Today, having returned, the Navajo again occupy the canyon, and live both in it and along the rim. We’ll explore the past and the present during this three-day trip, from the early settlement, to the ravages of Kit Carson, to the resettlement, exploration, and revitalization of traditional animal husbandry and its accompanying culture. The trip will feature Native American storytellers, a 4-wheel drive tour, and then a visit to the Sheep is Life Celebration, which is designed to reinvigorate the cultures and economies surrounding the unique breed of Navajo-Churro sheep.

Activity Level: Moderate

Includes: All meals while on the tour, transportation, water on the bus every day, guides, half-day Jeep tour in Canyon de Chelly, two nights’ accommodations at Thunderbird Lodge, all tax and gratuities.

Schedule: Depart Santa Fe 9 a.m. on June 16 – return Santa Fe 1 p.m. on June 18.

SAR field trips are for members only. To become a member, click here. Priority will be given to Galisteo level memberships and higher.

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