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Past Field Trips

2018

 

A Rare Journey into the Revitalization of San Felipe Pottery

March 24, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
$240 per person
To register for this trip, click here.
Limited to 26 people

Study Leader:  Ray “Duck” Garcia  

Ray Garcia and his San Felipe Pottery

Ray Garcia holding his pottery during an IARC collection seminar

In 2012, SAR’s Indian Arts Research Center brought together seven potters from San Felipe Pueblo to discuss the past, present, and future of pottery making in their community. The potters met three times over the course of the year to grapple with various issues such as how to define pottery from San Felipe and what it means to be a potter from San Felipe. During their meetings, they also shared ideas, materials, and techniques related to creating pottery.

Virtually unknown to the general public, San Felipe pottery is distinct not in its designs or patterns, but because of a consistent trend of experimentation and innovation that cuts across many art forms at the pueblo. This special field trip with Ray “Duck” Garcia, one of the participating San Felipe potters, will provide SAR members with a rare opportunity to visit with the potters and to learn how the collaborations instigated by the SAR seminars have “opened doors” and provided opportunities for them to engage other pueblo members, including young children, in sustaining the pottery tradition.

San Felipe Pueblo is a Keres-speaking pueblo on the banks of the Rio Grande south of Santa Fe with a rich history predating European and Mexican contact. Long known for its agricultural traditions, its pottery is less well known among scholars and collectors. The pueblo has been quiet about its pottery traditions over the decades with the pottery of nearby pueblos drawing more attention. Yet San Felipe pottery is unique and beautiful.

Join us for a trip to this less-visited pueblo and learn about its pottery from several artists. We’ll have conversations and demonstrations in a pueblo home.  After we enjoy a pueblo meal, we’re invited by Ray to observe the outdoor pottery-firing process. This outing is a rare opportunity to go inside the pueblo and gain insight into its culture and evolving artistic traditions.

Activity Level: Easy

Includes: Lunch (a pueblo meal), transportation, guide, entry fees, gratuities, and snack and water on the bus Minimum of 20, maximum of 26

Exploring Jemez Pueblo Archaeology, Agriculture, and Art

April 25, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
$250 per person
To register for this trip, click here.
Limited to 26 people

Study Leaders:
Marlon Magdalena, Jemez Pueblo artist and instructional coordinator, Jemez Historic Site
Matt Barbour, regional manager, Coronado and Jemez Historic Sites
Kathleen Wall, Jemez Pueblo artist

Kathleen Wall and her artwork in the SAR Dubin Studio

Kathleen Wall and her artwork in the SAR Dubin Studio

Join SAR for a day immersed in the past and present of Jemez Pueblo culture. We’ll start our visit at Jemez Historic Site, with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Giusewa (place of hot springs) Pueblo Site and the San Jose de los Jemez Mission and discuss their significant roles in the history of the Jemez Pueblo people. Marlon Magdalena will share information from the research he and others have done as well as native flute music performed on the flutes he crafts.

A short drive to the Soda Dam will allow us to view and discuss Jemez Cave, which was occupied by forefathers of today’s Jemez people and believed to be one of the Southwest’s earliest agricultural sites (ca. 1000 BC).  Archaeological excavations of Jemez Cave were part of a Civilian Conservation Corps project in conjunction with SAR and other institutions. Several human burial sites were discovered in the cave, along with some of the most intact examples of turkey feather blankets and yucca cordage as well as animal bone and seeds. Matt Barbour worked as an archaeologist with the state of New Mexico and has researched and written about Jemez Cave.

Then we’re off to Jemez Pueblo for lunch, a fun, hands-on (greasy!) affair of pulling our own fry bread and making delicious Indian tacos at the home and studio of Kathleen Wall. Kathleen is a former SAR artist in residence and works in Native clay incorporating technology with traditional techniques. She will host us for a demonstration and conversation about her current art projects.

Activity Level: Easy

Includes: Lunch (a pueblo meal), transportation, guide, entry fees, gratuities, and snack and water on the bus Minimum of 20, maximum of 26.

The Chaco World

May 20-22, 2018
$1,200 for double occupancy; $1,500 for single occupancy
To register for this trip, click here.
Limited to 26 people

Study Leader:  Steve Lekson  — Curator of archaeology, professor of anthropology, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. Dr. Lekson has researched and written extensively on the Southwest and has directed archaeological excavations throughout New Mexico and Colorado.

This is not the first SAR field trip to Chaco Canyon, but with Dr. Lekson on board, it’s guaranteed to be thought provoking and stimulating while taking you into places that are not typically visited. Without question, Chaco Canyon is the most important and mysterious prehistoric site in the American Southwest. Join us for a three-day trip into Chaco Canyon and some of its northern outliers in New Mexico and southern Colorado including Pierre’s Site, Kutz Canyon, Aztec Monument, and Chimney Rock National Monument. Dr. Lekson will share information and ideas on the Chaco World and its influence and success in contrast to sites such as Aztec, which followed Chaco but did not flourish.

Day one will include our travel time to Chaco Cultural National Historical Park which is a lengthy and beautiful drive. We’ll picnic at Chaco and then venture out to several archaeological sites in the canyon. The site of a great ancestral pueblo center in the eleventh and twelfth centuries AD, the ruins in Chaco Canyon look like a city to some archaeologists, a ceremonial center to others. Chaco and the people who created its monumental great houses, extensive roads, and network of outlying settlements remain an enigma in American archaeology.

After spending the night in Farmington, we’ll head out early to explore a couple of sites on the Great North Road, a significant feature of the Chacoan world, which is aligned with the Chaco Meridian and is part of a theory developed by Dr. Lekson. The Great North Road has its origin in several routes that ascend by staircases carved into the cliff from Pueblo Bonito and Chetro Ketl in Chaco Canyon, the two largest structures of the region. The routes converge at Pueblo Alto, a large structure located close to the north rim of the canyon, and then continue almost due north for another fifty kilometers.

We’ll drive and then walk into Pierre’s Site, the largest archaeological complex on the Great North Road. This site features room blocks, kivas, lookouts, and signaling locations perched atop small mesas. Occupied during the heyday of Chaco culture, this site is part of the larger cultural landscape of pueblos, shrines, solar and lunar observatories, and roads that stretched across the San Juan Basin and beyond a thousand years ago.

We’ll journey on to visit Kutz Canyon, which is where the Great North Road descends from the Kutz Canyon escarpment to the canyon floor and then continues on to Salmon Ruins and Aztec Ruins.

We’ll also make a stop at Aztec Ruins National Monument, another site on the Chaco Meridian, and on our route to Durango, Colorado, our terminus for the evening and overnight.

Day three is another full day of learning and exploration as we visit Chimney Rock National Monument, the most remote and highest Chacoan site (7,000 feet elevation).

Chimney Rock is a stunning sedimentary bluff on the southern edge of the San Juan mountains near Pagosa Springs, Colorado. One of the most northern Chaco outliers, it provides an unusual perspective on Chacoan prehistory. Dr. Kim Malville of University of Colorado, Boulder, demonstrated that Chimney Rock likely served as an occasional host of pilgrimage festivals during the times of the Northern Major Lunar Standstill Event, which takes place every 18.6 years, as well as playing other significant roles in the Chaco World.  Dr. Lekson will guide us on an exploration of this site, including first hand findings from recent excavations and research.

We’ll complete our loop via Pagosa Springs, with a stop for lunch by the San Juan River, before the scenic drive back to Santa Fe with views of Southern Colorado’s high peaks and on through the stunning scenery of the Ghost Ranch area and the Chama River Valley.

Activity Level:  Moderate**

** Pierre’s Site involves hiking ¾-mile without trails, down an arroyo bottom with 100’ elevation loss/gain, and an optional scramble/climb up a 100-foot mesa
**Chimney Rock requires a 1/4-mile (one way) hike on a rugged trail with 100′ elevation gain.  Not for people with fear of heights: narrow ridge trail with 1000′ drop on either side
**Access into Chaco Canyon and Pierre’s Site requires us to transfer to a school bus for the trip into the park.

Includes: Transportation, bottled water and snacks on board, guide, all entrance fees, two breakfasts, three lunches, one dinner, hotel accommodations, and all gratuities, based on a guaranteed minimum of 20 guests. Dinner in Durango will be on your own.

2017

 

Wednesday, November 1–Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Travel to Cuba: Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Matanzas
SAR invites you to join us on a very unique journey to Cuba with our own, SAR Director of Scholar Programs, Dr. Paul Ryer, a specialist in contemporary Cuban society who has lived in Cuba and studied its history and culture at the University of Havana. His personal knowledge and expertise in daily life in post-Soviet Cuba promises to provide an in depth exposure to a country of vast historical, cultural and political importance as we visit Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, and Matanzas.

 


 

Friday, October 20–Saturday, October 21, 2017
El Morro and Zuni Pueblo
Ancestral Puebloans lived on top of the massive bluff known as El Morro, where they carved petroglyphs into the soft walls. Guided by Dr. Timothy Maxwell, we will visit the inscriptions and, if possible, the pueblo ruins. The trip also includes visits with Zuni artists, a guided trip to the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center, a tour of Middle Village, and an exploration of Hawikkuh, one of the fabled Cities of Gold.

 


 

Friday, September 29, 2017
Exploring Santa Clara/Rio Grande Pueblo Basketry and Touring Puye Cliffs
On this trip, we will join Andrew and Judith Harvier in their home to explore the Rio Grande Pueblo basket making history and art form. The couple will also join us on our tour of Puye Cliffs where some 740 rooms are carved out of a 200-foot-high cliff ridge.

 


 

Friday, June 16–Sunday, June 18, 2017
Canyon de Chelly and the Navajo-Churro Sheep Resurgence
Canyon de Chelly is the second largest canyon in the United States and one of the country’s great cultural monuments. 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. To register for this field trip, please click here.

 


 

Friday, May 12, 2017
Experimental Living on the Edge of the Taos Desert: Mabel Dodge Luhan, D. H. Lawrence, and the Earthships of Northern New Mexico
Since the late 1880s, northern New Mexico has been a place of starting over. But it really was in the early decades of the twentieth century, as people fled the collapse of modernity and the failure of progress in the wake of the Great War, that it came into its own as a refuge. Seeking solace in the wide-open possibilities of the Taos desert, communities of reimagining blossomed.

 


 

Friday, April 28, 2017
Mesa Prieta: 100,000 images, 7,500 years of Rock Art, and a Traditional Pueblo Meal
The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project has some of the most spectacular examples of rock art in northern New Mexico. In 2007, Katherine Wells donated 156 acres on Mesa Prieta to the Archaeological Conservancy. A guide from the project will show us around, and Dick Ford will talk about the mesa, permaculture, and early agricultural practices.

 


 

Friday, February 10–Sunday, February 19, 2017
Yucatan: Maya Ruins and Fabulous Haciendas with Dr. William Saturno
Following in the footsteps of the early SAR archaeologists in the Yucatan Peninsula, we will visit the ruins of Chichan Itza, Uxmal, Edzna, Izamal, and Dzibilchaltun.

 


 

Saturday, January 7–Sunday, January 8, 2017
Migrations: The Piro Pueblo Peoples and the Bosque del Apache
Join SAR in a fascinating trip designed to appeal to those with a love of Southwestern history and archaeology and the wonders of nature. This 2-day trip to the heartland of the Piro, features both the work of the one of the most renowned Piro scholars and archaeologists working in the area and early morning and early evening opportunities to watch the thousands of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese, who make the Bosque part of their annual migration, come and go.

2016

 

Saturday, November 5, 2016
Rock Art and Ruins of the Galisteo Basin with Gary Hein
Our full-day expedition will be led by Gary Hein, who has made a specialty of our region’s petroglyphs. Highlights include rock art near Pueblo Blanco, Galisteo Pueblo, Petroglyph Hill, and more.

 


 

Friday, October 14–Sunday, October 16, 2016
Archaeoastronomy of Chaco Canyon
After an introductory lecture and showing of her films in Santa Fe, Dr. Sofaer will lead the group on a special tour of the major ruins of Chaco Canyon.

 


 

Thursday, June 9, 2016
Lonnie Vigil – The Master of Micaceous Clay
On this field trip Lonnie takes you on his personal journey from Washington, D.C. back to Nambe Pueblo, leaving a career in financial and business consulting, and finding his soul’s work in micaceous clay. He will demonstrate how he works with clay as he creates a pot before your eyes.

 


 

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Arroyo Hondo Pueblo: The Story Continues
This field trip will explore a spectacular and varied environment, including the layout and growth of farmland near the Pueblo, Pueblo life in the 14th Century, the crises faced by the inhabitants, and how the Pueblo finally became a ruin.

 


 

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Arroyo Hondo Pueblo: The Story Continues
This field trip will explore a spectacular and varied environment, including the layout and growth of farmland near the Pueblo, Pueblo life in the 14th Century, the crises faced by the inhabitants, and how the Pueblo finally became a ruin.

 


 

Friday, April 29, 2016
The Gardens of Abo, Quarai, and Gran Quivira
The historical significance of the pueblos of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument cannot be overlooked by those who study the Southwest, and neither can the remarkable history of its gardens and site design that stretches over a thousand years.

2015

 

Friday, November 13–Saturday, November 14, 2015
Crownpoint Rug Auction

 


 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Chaco Canyon Day Trip

 


 

Friday, May 15, 2015
The Art of Velino Shije Herrera (Ma Pe Wi)
This field trip offers participants a unique opportunity to view rarely-exhibited paintings by Velino Shije Herrera, which are owned by SAR, and to visit to the Pritzlaff Ranch in San Ignacio, New Mexico to view the large, wall murals painted by Velino.

 


 

Friday, May 1, 2015
Caja del Rio: Archaeology of Tsinat Pueblo

Our trip guides will be Mike Bremer and Anne Baldwin, who work with the Heritage Program on the Santa Fe National Forest. This trip offers an opportunity to explore the Caja del Rio plateau and enjoy a hike into the Santa Fe River canyon just as the cottonwoods and willows begin to awaken. There will be an opportunity to search for rock art and look at the early agricultural fields of ancestral Keres people living along the Santa Fe River.

 


 

Tuesday, April 21–Friday, April 24, 2015
Artistry of Hopi
Among the 12,000+ items of Southwest art and culture represented in the IARC collection, the work of Hopi artists Ramson Lomatewama, Iva Honyestewa, and Rachel Sahmie shine particularly bright. Our unique fieldtrip will take us out to Hopi to reconnect with these outstanding artists. It is an opportunity to visit with them in their studios, be enriched by their artistry, and learn how they and their artwork are involved with their community.

 


 

Friday, April 3–Saturday, April 4, 2015
Discovering Ice Age Americans: A Trip to Blackwater Draw
For this field trip, Archaeologist David Kilby, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Eastern New Mexico University, will be our expert guide. The trip includes a close-up view of artifacts from the site, plus a guided tour.

 


 

Friday, March 27, 2015
New Mexico’s Equestrian Nomads: Comanche, Jicarilla Apaches and Utes
SAR resident scholar Severin Fowles is currently researching the intrusion of the Comanches and Utes into northern New Mexico during the 17th and 18th centuries. This trip offers participants a unique opportunity to study little-known rock art panels that document the arrival of these equestrian tribes into New Mexico’s cultural landscape and the impact these nomadic tribes had upon Puebloan and Hispanic villagers.

 


 

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Historic Homes of the Rio Grande Valley: Gutierrez-Hubbell & Los Poblanos
We will have the opportunity to visit two historic properties along the Rio Grande, the Gutierrez-Hubbell home in the South Valley, and the La Quinta home & Los Poblanos Property in the North Valley. Both homes are listed on the New Mexico State Register of Cultural Properties.

2014

 

Friday, October 31, 2014, 8:00 am–4:00 pm
Guaje Canyon: Archaeology and Fire on the Pajarito Plateau
Trip Leaders: Rory Gauthier and Dr. Craig Allen
One extensive group of ruins that we will visit lies on the high, narrow mesa north of Guaje Canyon. Here, at least seven ruins are spread along the crest of the mesa, including five kivas that are carved into the tufa bedrock. A string of fifty cavate rooms are found along the base of the canyon, which were accessible to the mesa village by hand- and toe-holds and carved stairs.

 


 

Friday, October 17, 2014
Rebellion in Taos: the Uprising of 1847
Trip Leader: Robert J. Tórrez
The years 1846 and 1847 were volatile times in New Mexico, particularly in Taos and Taos Pueblo. On January 19, 1847, Governor Bent, his brother-in-law, and four US-appointed local officials were murdered in Taos. The revolt against the newly instituted US authorities quickly spread to Mora and other communities in northern New Mexico.

 


 

Friday, September 19, 2014
Burnt Mesa Pueblo and Eagle Traps
Trip Leaders: Rory Gauthier and Robert Powers
Burnt Mesa, above Frijoles Canyon in Bandelier National Park, was ravaged by the 1977 La Mesa Fire, which changed the visual landscape of Bandelier’s northern boundary. The once-prominent ponderosa forest has transitioned into grass and shrubs, which have attracted elk into the park. This open landscape has allowed visitors to more easily notice the numerous rock mound sites signifying Ancestral Puebloan life on the mesa.

 


 

Friday, August 15, 2014, 8:00 am–4:00 pm
Archaeology and Geology of the Valles Caldera
Trip Leaders: Ana Steffen and Kirt Kempter
Join us for an insightful and exclusive trip into the heart of the Valles Caldera National Preserve with Cultural Resources Coordinator Ana Steffen and geologist Kirt Kempter. Known for its distinctive caldera rim, expansive grasslands with elk herds, and its cultural importance to local pueblos, the Valles Caldera has developed an allure that makes visitors want to return time and time again to seek out its solitude and beauty.

 


 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Archaeology and Geology of the Valles Caldera
Trip Leaders: Ana Steffen and Kirt Kempter
Join us for an insightful and exclusive trip into the heart of the Valles Caldera National Preserve with Cultural Resources Coordinator Ana Steffen and geologist Kirt Kempter. Known for its distinctive caldera rim, expansive grasslands with elk herds, and its cultural importance to local pueblos, the Valles Caldera has developed an allure that makes visitors want to return time and time again to seek out its solitude and beauty.

 


 

Saturday, May 10, 2014
The Tewa World: Posi-Ouinge and Santa Clara Pueblo
Trip Leaders: Kurt Anschuetz and Porter Swentzell
The Tewa people have lived in northern New Mexico for centuries, including the modern villages of Santa Clara, Okhay Owingeh, San Ildefonso, Tesuque, Pojoaque, and Nambe Pueblos. The ancestral villages of the Tewa are scattered along the tributaries of the Rio Chama and Rio Grande, including the archaeological site called Posi-Ouinge located near Ojo Caliente.

 


 

Thursday, May 1–Saturday, May 3, 2014
Ancestral Navajo: Rock Art and Pueblitos de Dinétah
Trip Leader: Larry Baker
The remote landscape of northwestern New Mexico is known as Dinétah by the Navajo people. Scattered in this ancestral Navajo homeland are small defensive sites – pueblitos – that the Navajos constructed in the eighteenth century to protect themselves from slaving raids by neighboring Utes.

 


 

Friday, April 18, 2014
Classic Period Pueblos of San Juan Mesa
Trip Leaders: Michael Bremer and Chris Toya
From the 14th century into the early historic period the ancestors of the modern Pueblo of Jemez lived and farmed the mesas above the Rio Jemez. Living in large pueblos acting as community centers with extensive networks of field houses and agriculture fields the population thrived in an environment that looked very different from the ponderosa pine forest we see today.

 


 

Friday, April 11, 2014
Historical Change in Downtown Santa Fe
Trip Leader: Dr. Tomas Chavez
How has Santa Fe changed in the past 400 years from Spanish Colonial days, the bustle of the Santa Fe Trail, the coming of the US Cavalry, the building of the railroad, and the rise of tourism? The changing faces of Santa Fe’s long and colorful history will be revealed to us by historian Dr. Tomas Chavez on a walking tour of the downtown area.

 


 

Friday, April 4, 2014
A Tour of Hanat Kotyiti and the Historic Village of La Cañada
Trip Leaders: Dr. Joseph Suina, Rory Gauthier, and Robert Powers
Today, the Keres-speaking village of Cochiti Pueblo lies along the banks of the Rio Grande. However, soon after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, the people of Cochiti and other Pueblo people built more defensible pueblos on high, remote mesas to prepare for the return of the Spanish.

2013

 

Friday, November 8–Sunday, November 10, 2013
The Archaeology of Cañada Alamosa
Join SAR for a unique trip exploring prehistoric pueblos in the remote terrain of the Black Range southwest of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

 


 

Saturday, October 12–Tuesday, October 15, 2013
The Classic Mimbres Culture
Join us for a rare opportunity to spend four days immersed in the Mimbres culture of beautiful southwestern New Mexico.

 


 

Friday, September 13, 2013
Lessons from Traditional Pueblo Farming
Under the leadership of Dr. Richard I. Ford, a renowned ethnobotanist, we will explore the archaeology of pre-Hispanic agriculture and ethnobotany at Tesuque Pueblo.

 


Friday, September 6, 2013
Pueblos Largo and Colorado in the Galisteo Basin
The Galisteo Basin of northern New Mexico is one of the premier archaeological regions in the Southwest. This region is less known to the public than the Pajarito Plateau because the land is primarily in private ownership and public access is limited.

 


 

Friday, August 23, 2013
Spiritual Centers in Northern New Mexico
Join us for an intriguing visit and conversation with leaders of two spiritual centers near Abiquiu, New Mexico: Dar al Islam and the Monastery of Christ in the Desert.

 


 

Monday, June 3–Saturday, June 8, 2013
Archaeological Adventure on the San Juan River
This 40-mile rafting adventure through the stunningly beautiful Upper Canyon of the San Juan River includes three nights and four days floating from Montezuma Creek to Mexican Hat, Utah.

 


 

Friday, May 10, 2013
The Intriguing Story of the Arroyo Hondo Pueblo
Join Douglas Schwartz, president emeritus of the School for Advanced Research, on a field trip to the fourteenth-century pueblo of Arroyo Hondo.

 


 

Friday, May 3–Monday, May 6, 2013
Hubbell Art Auction and Canyon de Chelly
In addition to the day-long auction event at the Hubbell Trading Post, we will accompany National Park Service archaeologist Keith Lyons on a full-day jeep tour of Canyon del Muerto in Canyon de Chelly.

 


 

Friday, April 19–Sunday, April 21, 2013
Archaeology of the Ute Mountain Tribal Park
Join us for a trip into the southern borderlands of Mesa Verde as we travel with Native American guides into the Ute Mountain Tribal Park.

 


 

Friday, April 5, 2013
Pecos Pueblo at the Beginning
Pecos Pueblo is one of the most historically significant sites in New Mexico. As the largest and easternmost of the Pueblo villages, by 1540 it was home to at least 2,000 inhabitants.

 


 

Saturday, March 23, 2013
The Artistry of Acoma Pueblo
SAR has received a special invitation to visit Acoma Pueblo and learn about its artistic history through the eyes of Acoma potter Franklin Peters and Haak’u Museum curator Melvin Sarracino.

 


 

Thursday, March 21–Saturday, March 30, 2013
Ancient Borderlands of Western Turkey
Join SAR on an exclusive adventure into some of the most fascinating and significant regions of the ancient world – Ionia, Lydia, and Caria – now within the modern nation of Turkey. Guided by historian Dr. John Lee, we will explore the history, archaeology, art, and culture of this beautiful area, all while traveling in five-star comfort.

2012

 

Saturday, October 27, 2012
Tsi-p’in-owinge’ Pueblo
One of the “jewels of the Southwest”,Tsi-p’in-owinge’ Pueblo is located on a small mesa in the Rio Chama valley.

 


 

Friday, October 12–Saturday, October 13, 2012
The Legendary Zuni-Acoma Trail
The El Malpais National Monument is the best place in the lower forty-eight states to view young, Hawaiian-style volcanic deposits. The name “El Malpais” comes from early Spanish explorers and translates literally to “the bad country,” so-named because of the impenetrable nature of these lava flows.

 


 

Friday, September 28–Sunday, September 30, 2012
Moonrise over the Chaco World
The Ancestral Puebloans of the American Southwest were one of many ancient cultures that followed the movement of the sun, stars, moon, and other heavenly bodies and aligned their dwellings to the sky, built monuments to celestial events, and depicted them artistically in rock art.

 


 

Friday, September 14–Monday, September 17, 2012
The Art and Culture of Hopi
The trip will highlight the Hopi Pueblo culture of the past and present. 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.

 


 

Saturday, June 9–Sunday, June 10, 2012
Paleoindians and Prairie Schooners
Two iconic landmarks of New Mexico are the Santa Fe Trail and the Folsom site, a renowned Paleoindian site dating between 10,800 and 10,200 years ago.

 


 

Friday, June 8, 2012, 8:30–3:00 pm
The Historic Los Luceros Hacienda
The historic 140-acre Los Luceros property is one of the most beautifully restored nineteenth-century haciendas in northern New Mexico.

 


 

Saturday, June 2, 2012, 7:30–2:00 pm
Pueblos of the Northern Galisteo Basin
For three centuries, the Galisteo Basin was home to one of the largest concentrations of Puebloan communities in the Southwest.

 


 

Tuesday, May 8–Sunday, May 13, 2012
Llama Packing in Utah’s Spectacular Grand Gulch Wilderness
Grand Gulch is a spectacular geologic feature on Cedar Mesa in southeastern Utah, and was once home to Basketmaker and Ancestral Puebloan peoples.

 


 

Friday, April 27, 2012, 8:00 am–5:00 pm
Riding to Guaje: Northern Canyons of the Pajarito Plateau
Archaeologist Edgar Lee Hewett and poet Peggy Pond Church are two people forever linked to the Pajarito Plateau in north-central New Mexico. US Forest Service archaeologists Mike Bremer and Anne Baldwin will be our expert guides on this backroad adventure.

 


 

Wednesday, April 11–Monday, April 16, 2012
Llama Packing in Utah’s Spectacular Grand Gulch Wilderness
Grand Gulch is a spectacular geologic feature on Cedar Mesa in southeastern Utah, and was once home to Basketmaker and Ancestral Puebloan peoples.

 


 

Saturday, March 31, 2012, 7:30 am–5:00 pm
Mystery of the Gallina People
The obscure ancient culture known as the Gallina occupied a remote region of northwestern New Mexico around AD 1100. The culture suddenly vanished around 1275, as the last of its members either left or were ‘wiped out.’

 


 

Friday, March 23, 2012, 8:00 am–5:30 pm
The World of Laguna Pueblo
Laguna Pueblo is one of the largest Keresan pueblos in New Mexico and consists of the six small villages of Encinal, Laguna, Mesita, Paguate, Paraje, and Seama. The majestic white San José Mission sits atop the hill in the center of Laguna.

2011

 

Saturday, November 5, 2011
Mystery of the Gallina People
Canceled Due to Winter Weather
The obscure ancient culture known as the Gallina occupied a remote region of northwestern New Mexico around A.D. 1100. The culture suddenly vanished around 1275, as the last of its members either left or were ‘wiped out.’

 


 

Saturday, October 15, 2011
Santo Domingo Pueblo Pottery Demonstration with Robert Tenorio
Pottery Demonstration and Firing at Santo Domingo Pueblo
Robert Tenorio will demonstrate each step as he makes a pot, while allowing participants to try out their own artistic skills by painting a small piece with a yucca-fiber paintbrush.

 


 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Santo Domingo Pueblo Pottery Demonstration with Robert Tenorio
Preview of Santo Domingo Pottery with Robert Tenorio at IARC
Robert Tenorio will meet with participants in the Indian Arts Research Center to share his knowledge of Pueblo pottery.

 


 

Saturday, October 1–Sunday, October 2, 2011
Archaeology of the Jemez Pueblo Revolt
During this two-day hiking adventure, we will visit three of the Jemez refuge pueblos constructed in the immediate aftermath of the 1680 Pueblo Revolt …

 


 

Friday, September 16, 2011
Protecting Pueblo Blanco
Pueblo Blanco was one of the basin’s largest and most densely populated sites with approximately 1,450 rooms, encompassing several plazas and kivas within a 20-acre area …

 


 

Friday, September 9–Sunday, September 11, 2011
Behind the Scenes at Mesa Verde: Wetherill Mesa
Our trip to Wetherill Mesa is more than just a visit to another cliff dwelling. It offers archaeological viewing in near solitude and with an expert guide with life-long experiences working in National Parks that protect Ancestral Puebloan and Basketmaker cultures.

 


 

Saturday, August 27, 2011
Protecting Pueblo Blanco
Pueblo Blanco was one of the basin’s largest and most densely populated sites with approximately 1,450 rooms, encompassing several plazas and kivas within a 20-acre area …

 


 

Saturday, July 30, 2011
Riding to Guaje: Northern Canyons of the Pajarito Plateau
Trip Cancelled Due to Fires
Archaeologist Edgar Lee Hewett and poet Peggy Pond Church are two people forever linked to the Pajarito Plateau in north-central New Mexico. US Forest Service archaeologists Mike Bremer and Anne Baldwin will be our expert guides on this backroad adventure.

 


 

Saturday, July 16, 2011
A Tour of Hanat Kotyiti and Kuapa Pueblos
Trip Cancelled Due to Fires
Today, the Keres-speaking villages of Cochiti Pueblo and San Felipe Pueblo lie along the banks of the Rio Grande. Prior to Spanish contact, however, the Cochiti and San Felipe people lived together in the ancestral village of Kuapa.

 


 

Friday, June 3, 2011
Following the Fiber Trail
The fiber arts of New Mexico encompass both the Hispanic and Native American traditions and are especially important for women, helping them to develop a sustainable future for their families.

 


 

Friday, May 13–Sunday, May 15, 2011
Behind the Scenes at Mesa Verde: Wetherill Mesa
Our trip to Wetherill Mesa is more than just a visit to another cliff dwelling. It offers archaeological viewing in near solitude and with an expert guide with life-long experiences working in National Parks that protect Ancestral Puebloan and Basketmaker cultures.

 


 

Saturday, April 16, 2011
Mesa Prieta Petroglyphs
Mesa Prieta is a basalt escarpment located on the west side of the Rio Grande north of Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan Pueblo). Evidence of historic and prehistoric occupation of this area goes back over 9,000 years.

 


 

Friday, March 25–Sunday, March 27, 2011
Hembrillo: An Apache Battlefield of the Victorio War
The battle of Hembrillo was the largest confrontation of the Victorio War of 1879, pitting approximately 150 Warm Springs and Mescalero Apache against 300 U.S. Army troops including Buffalo Soldiers and White Mountain Apache Scouts.

2010

 

Friday, October 8–Saturday, October 9, 2010
El Morro and Zuni Pueblo
Guided by Dr. Jim Kendrick and Randy and Milford Nahohai, with an overnight in Zuni Pueblo.

 


 

Friday, September 17, 2010
Spectacular Comanche Gap
Guided by Dr. Polly Schaafsma.

 


 

Saturday, August 7, 2010
The Mystery of Burnt Corn Pueblo and Petroglyph Hill
Guided by Dr. James Snead.

 


 

Friday, July 23, 2010
Native Artists Studio Tour
Guided by the Gaussoin family, Randy Chitto, and Mateo Romero.

 


 

Friday, June 25, 2010
History and Folklore of the Rio Puerco Valley
Guided by Nasario Garcia and Tom Windes
The austere Rio Puerco Valley has attracted a continuum of inhabitants, from Ancestral Puebloans to Navajos to Hispanic farmers …

 


 

Thursday, May 20–Saturday, May 22, 2010
Chacoan Outliers and Navajo Weavers of Northwestern New Mexico
Guided by Tom Windes and John Kantner with an overnight in Gallup.
Archaeologists Tom Windes and John Kantner will take us on a journey through the backroads of northwestern New Mexico, visiting several outlying great houses …

 


 

Friday, April 30–Saturday, May 1, 2010
The Salinas Pueblos: One Thousand Years of Village Life in Central New Mexico
Guided by Alison Rautman with an overnight in Mountainair
East of the rugged Manzano Mountains are the remains of three large pueblos and their 17th-century Spanish Colonial missions. Explore these with archaeologist Alison Rautman …

 


 

Friday, March 19, 2010
Journey through Time
Guided by Linda Cordell and Felipe Ortega
The journey through time will take us across north-central New Mexico from El Rito to La Madera and on to Tres Piedras …

2009

 

Thursday, October 15–Saturday, October 17, 2009
Ancestral Navajo: Rock Art & Pueblitos de Dinetah
Guided by Larry Baker and Alex Mitchell
Scattered in the ancestral Navajo homeland are small defensive sites, Pueblitos, that the Navajos constructed in the 18th century to protect themselves from slaving raids …

 


 

Saturday, October 3, 2009
Awanyu Guardians of White Rock Canyon
Guided by Robert “Bob” Powers and Rory Gauthier
White Rock Canyon is one of the jewels of the Pajarito Plateau, with magnificent views, beautiful rock art, and farming sites hidden in the canyon bottom.

 


 

Friday, September 11, 2009
The Historic Los Luceros Hacienda
Guided by Lea Armstrong and Marie Markenstein
The historic 140-acre property is nestled along the Rio Grande and was home to Mary Cabot Wheelwright, founder of the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian.

 


 

Friday, September 4, 2009
The Art of Zia Pueblo
Guided by Ulysses Reid
Join us on a special field trip to honor Zia potter Ulysses Reid, this summer’s “Artist in Residence” at the Indian Arts Research Center.

 


 

Saturday, August 8, 2009
Native Foods: Culinary Field Trip and Farm Tour
Chef Lois Ellen Frank; Clayton Brascoupe, Director of the Traditional Native American Farmers Association; and Eremita and Margaret Campos’s family farm.
Award-winning chef Lois Ellen Frank will be our guide as we learn about the region’s history and the revitalization of traditional Native seeds, foods, and farming methods.

 


 

Saturday, July 25, 2009
Archaic and Historic Rock Art in the Rio Grande Gorge
Guided by Severin Fowles
Archaeologist and Barnard College professor Severin Fowles is in his third summer of investigating the Archaic and historic sites of the Rio Grande Gorge, a formidable place often overlooked by other Southwest archaeologists, but one that was prehistorically used by the Jicarilla Apache, Utes, Comanche, and Picuris and Taos Pueblos.

 


 

Saturday, July 11, 2009
Santo Domingo Pottery Firing: Santo Domingo Pueblo
Santo Domingo potter, Robert Tenorio
Join in the fun by participating in a traditional pottery-making demonstration. Santo Domingo potter Robert Tenorio enjoys teaching his knowledge of Puebloan pottery by involving people in the process of creation.

 


 

Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Santo Domingo Pottery Firing: Preview of Santo Domingo Pottery at the Indian Arts Research Center
Santo Domingo potter, Robert Tenorio
As a preview to the July 11th trip, Robert Tenorio will meet on Tuesday with participants in the Indian Arts Research Center at SAR to share his knowledge of Santo Domingo pottery.

 


 

Friday, June 12, 2009, 8:00 am–2:00 pm
Exploring Puye Cliff Dwellings: A Family Trip
Guided by members of Santa Clara
This historic landmark in the beautiful Santa Clara Canyon was home to over 1,500 Pueblo Indians, the ancestors of the Tewa people of Santa Clara Pueblo.

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