Exploring Santa Clara/Rio Grande Pueblo Basketry and Touring Puye Cliffs

Field Trip

Friday, September 29, 2017, 10:00 am–5:00 pm, $250 per person (price includes a $50 tax-deductible donation to SAR)

Baskets made by Andrew HarvierBaskets made by Andrew HarvierBaskets made by Andrew Harvier

To register for this trip, click here. Limited to 26 people.

Study Leaders: Tony Chavarria, curator of ethnology, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology; Andrew Harvier, Northern Pueblo descent (Taos and Santa Clara Pueblos) and Tohono O’odham tribe, potter and basket weaver; and Judith Harvier, Northern Pueblo descent (Santa Clara, Pojoaque, and Tesuque Pueblos) and Navajo and Anglo descent, potter; at Puye Cliffs, we’ll be joined by a Santa Clara Pueblo guide.

Baskets are one of the oldest forms of storage and transportation of food and water. It is believed that basketry began in the Southwest about 1800 BCE by cultures believed to have been the ancestors of the Anasazi and Mogollon, whose descendents include the Akimel O’odham, Tohono O’odham, and Hopi tribes. The Apache and Diné (Navajo), who later settled in the Southwest, also became expert basket makers.

Today we will join Andrew and Judith Harvier in their home to explore the Rio Grande Pueblo basket making history and art form. Rio Grande Pueblo baskets are woven by men from red willow native to the Southwest. Andrew Harvier has been working with red willow to create traditional style baskets since 1974. Participants should expect to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of red willow basket weaving as a refined style of basketry. Both Andrew and Judith are multi-media artists.

Andrew and Judith will join us on our tour of Puye Cliffs, which for more than three centuries (about 1250 to 1577 AD) was home to some 1,500 Pueblo Indians, and which has passed from generation to generation to the people of Santa Clara Pueblo, who are the descendants of the Puye. Carved out of a 200-foot-high cliff ridge formed from the Jemez Caldera volcano that erupted more than a million years ago, the cliff dwellings contain some 740 rooms. Archaeological evidence suggests additional dwellings were constructed at the base of the cliff.

Activity Level: Easy

Includes: Lunch (a Pueblo meal), transportation, guide, entry fees, gratuities, and water on the bus

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