About SAR Field Trips
Each year, SAR invites members on exciting trips across the Southwest. Led by scholars and experts ranging from anthropologists and archaeologists to art historians and Native American artists, each field trip offers a one-of-a kind experience. With a mix of regional day and overnight trips, there is sure to be something for everyone. Read below about this season’s mix of locations and topics.
Current SAR members may attend these popular field trips, which are offered on seasonal schedules throughout the year and range from half-day trips to adventures lasting several days.
Originally part of a stereoview, photograph courtesy Jason S. Ordaz
Trip Activity Levels
- Easy: Limited walking. Participants must be able to get in and out of vans and walk unassisted short distances from parking areas to museums or art studios.
- Moderate: Participants must be in good health. Activities may require walking on paved or unpaved surfaces with generally firm footing, over distances of up to 2 miles over the course of the day.
- Strenuous: Participants must be in excellent health, extremely mobile, and accustomed to an active lifestyle. Activities may require hiking off-trail, over uneven ground with elevation changes of 500 feet, and walking the equivalent of up to 5 miles over the course of the day.
To keep our field trips operating smoothly and fairly, SAR implements the following cancellation policy:
If an individual participant cancels, all monies will be refunded up to six weeks prior to the trip date except for any tickets already purchased, or penalties incurred from the hotel for room cancellation. The donation portion of the trip is not refundable.
In addition, if the cancellation of this individual brings the trip total to under the minimum number, then a full refund also cannot be made. At six weeks prior, no refunds will be made.
SAR reserves the right to cancel a field trip if registration is too low to make it economically viable or for other reasons, including, but not limited to: weather, safety, forest fires, unavailability of trip leader, etc. In such cases SAR will refund registrants’ fees in full. SAR also reserves the right to make changes to an advertised itinerary as circumstances require.
2018 Field Trips
Artistry of Hopi
October 26-29, 2018
Cost per person:
Double Occupancy – $1,470 (Includes a $100 tax-deductible donation to SAR)
Single Occupancy – $1,655 (includes a $100 tax-deductible donation to SAR)
Study Leader: Bertram “Tsaava” Tsavadawa
Across three decades the IARC has hosted seventy-five Native American artists within its annual fellowship programs. Seven of these artists have come from Hopi; this trip offers a rare opportunity to peek into the working studios of three former Hopi artist fellows and see the direct impact of the IARC fellowship on their current work.
On this trip, we will see a variety of Hopi art forms. We will learn not only about how the artists create their work, but also how they are involved with their community. We will visit with Ramson Lomatewama (2005 SAR King fellow, Hopi glass and katsina artist) and Iva Honyestewa (SAR 2014 Dobkin fellow and Hopi basketweaver and figure artist) in their studios.
The ceremonial calendar is rich and full at Hopi. If we are fortunate during our visit, we may have the opportunity to witness the Basket Dance. Our Hopi guide will share the history of the Basket Dance and connect us with many of these outstanding artists.
Additional stops will be a visit to the Hubble Trading Post and a private tour of the Tawaaki petroglyph panel. Taawaki (Dawa Park) contains over 15,000 petroglyphs dating from 500 BCE to 1300 CE. This sacred site can only be visited with a Hopi certified guide and contains seventeen solar calendars.
Bertram “Tsaava” Tsavadawa’s birth name is Bertram Walker, and he is Hopi/Hualapai/Havasupai. He will guide you on an exclusive tour of Old Oraibi village, Daawa Petroglyphs site, and Walpi village. He will also give a lecture on Hopi ancestry, history, and present-day understandings.
Tsavadawa is from Old Oraibi village and is a member of the Piikyas Corn Clan. Upon graduating from high school, he attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM, where he majored in museum studies. In 1991, he participated in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C., for two weeks, earning him recognition in the 2000 Outstanding Artist & Designers of the 20th Century from the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England. Tsavadawa was a participant in the Katsina Carvers Convocation, hosted by SAR in 2004, which explored contemporary issues in Hopi katsina carving. Two of his carvings are housed in the Indian Arts Research Center collection.
Activity Level: Moderate
Includes: Entry and guide at the Hubble Trading Post; overnights at Hopi Cultural Center (HCC); visits to the Old Oraibi village, artist studios, and the Dawa Park; two lunches and a traditional Hopi meal; transportation, gratuities, and water on the bus.
Humanity’s Transition into the Atomic Age #Trinitytest
December 2-3, 2018
Cost per person:
Double Occupancy – $630 (includes a $50 tax-deductible donation to SAR)
Single Occupancy – $680 (includes a $50 tax-deductible donation to SAR)
To register for this trip, click here.
Limited to 22 people.
Study Leader: Ellen Bradbury Reid
[Due to the Trinity Site’s unpredictable testing schedule, SAR will not be able to confirm the December 2-3 date until a week before the trip. Should the trip details change, all registered participants will be notified.]
July 16, 1945, was a day that changed the world forever. At 5:29 a.m. Mountain War Time, just minutes before sunrise, the night sky above central New Mexico was illuminated in a brilliant fireball of white light as the US military tested the world’s first atomic bomb. Called Trinity Site and located in a remote section of White Sands Missile Range, the first man-made atomic explosion sent a huge multi-colored cloud surging to an altitude of 40,000 feet. The resultant sloping crater at Trinity Site is mute evidence of humanity’s transition to the Atomic Age.
In this exclusive field trip, you will have a guided tour at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque, then we’ll head south to Socorro. During this time of year there are great bird migrations and, since our group will spend the night in the area, we will be in time for a “fly in” at Bosque del Apache. Our visit to the Trinity Site the next day is unique because the site is open to the public only twice a year, but our group will be granted special access. There we will see Ground Zero and the restored McDonald Ranch, where the plutonium core was assembled and much of the filming of the explosion took place.
Ellen Bradbury Reid grew up in Los Alamos. She is the daughter of Edward Wilder, who worked at S-Site machining the explosive charges for the implosion detonator, which was used in the Trinity test. Her father-in-law, Norris Bradbury, ran the Trinity test and succeeded Oppenheimer as the director of Los Alamos lab. Her involvement with Los Alamos and the atomic era is extensive.
Activity Level: Easy
Includes: Overnight accommodations at Best Western Socorro Hotel and Suites, dinner, breakfast and one lunch, transportation, guide, entry fees, gratuities, and water on the bus