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    • 31 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Hopi Second Mesa
    • 0
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    This is a carpool trip limited to 12 individuals.

    Join Bertram Tsavadawa, Certified Hopi Guide and artist, for this unique six-hour agricultural and culinary experience in Hopiland.

    Farm: Get down and dirty! With Bertram’s guidance, we will accompany him to his ancestral growing field, and learn about the traditional dry farming methods, soil and water management, the varieties of corn, the significance of corn, AND we will help him plant his corn! Since he is Corn Clan, we will be hearing from someone who has this information embedded deep into his being.

    Table: After the planting, we will gather together to join Bertram’s relatives for a traditional Hopi communal meal.  This may include mutton or beef stew (vegetarian stew is available), hominy with beans, Hopi peas, grilled chilies, and the extraordinary (and gluten-free) piki bread. We will learn about the preparation, the use, and the meaning of these foods. If time allows, we may witness a demonstration of piki bread preparation.

    The planting, the farming, the food and its sharing, all continue to keep this ancient Hopi culture, traditions and people alive. There is much we have to learn here.

    Revenue generated by this trip will go to the Center's own Garden Fund.

    We will meet in front of the Hopi restaurant on Second Mesa at 9 AM. We will leave PROMPTLY at 9:30, so we strongly suggest staying in a local motel the night before. Here are three recommendations:

    Motel at the Hopi Cultural Center, on Second Mesa. A discount is available if you mention you are with a VVAC Group.

    http://www.hopiculturalcenter.com/

    Moenkopi Legacy Inn situated at the western gateway to Hopi adjacent to the community of Tuba City.

     http://moenkopi-legacy-inn-suites-tuba-city.hotel-ds.com/en/

    La Posada Hotel in Winslow.

    http://laposada.org/


    • 07 Jun 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • 10 Jun 2019
    • 12:30 PM
    • Zuni Pueblo Reservation, New Mexico
    • 8
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    This is a carpool trip limited to 15 individuals.

    Join us as we spend 4 days (2 full and 2 half-days) and 3 nights of quality time learning the history, culture, food and arts of the Zuni People. 

     We will have the privilege of experienced Zuni archaeologists, guides and teachers as we venture to archaeological sites, enjoy hearing their migration story, learn to prepare and dine on traditional foods, understand about the use of woven and embroidered textiles, and visit local artists known for their intricate jewelry and sculptural stone fetish carvings.

    The Zuni, a Puebloan People, are considered the most traditional of the 19 New Mexican pueblos, with a unique language, culture and history. Zuni is a sovereign, self-governed nation, continuing their sacred ceremonial activities throughout the year, as they have for millennia.

    For over 1,200 or more years, the Zuni have been living in their current New Mexico location. They call this homeland Halona Idiwan’a, or Middle Place. It is the largest of the 19 pueblos, covering over 700 square miles, and with a population of over 10,000 people, most of whom live in the main village of Zuni and the surrounding community of Blackrock.

    Day 1 (Aftenoon) After settling in from your drive, the tour will begin the afternoon of the first day. We will meet at the Visitor’s Center. Zuni Archaeologist Kenny Bowekaty will provide us with an overview of the Zuni people, their pueblo, their history and migration. We will be welcomed with fresh baked bread from their outdoor traditional ovens.

    Day 2 The next morning, Kenny will take us to visit 3 neighboring prehistoric village sites, which he terms some of the “Seven Cities of Cibola,” all inhabited until the 1600’s. He will share from his many years of field research and in-depth investigations of Zuni history. We will visit Hawikku, where Coronado and others made first contact around 1540. It was excavated from 1917 to 1923 by Frederick Hodge. Afterwards, we will explore 2 other (unexcavated) ancestral sites, all within in 20 mile radius of the Pueblo. Over two days, we will see five of these seven sites.

     Access to the sites is easy, but the roads may be better navigated with a high clearance vehicle, or by  carpooling with someone who has one, or by taking the Zuni tour van for a $5 per person fuel charge.

    In the late afternoon, we’ll witness a demonstration by two accomplished textile artists, Elroy Natachu and Kandis Quam. We will see weaving techniques, and gain some background of the importance of cotton, embroidery and patterns to the culture.

    Day 3 The third morning continues our adventure with Kenny to the 2 remaining unexcavated villages  of the “Seven Cities” complex,  gaining a more comprehensive understanding of the Zuni’s rich and unique past.

    Later in the afternoon, we gather for a hands-on experience, preparing a meal of traditional pueblo foods, with chef Ava Hannaweeke of Sunny Day’s Catering, and enjoy the communal dinner we have made.

    Day 4 (Morning)The fourth and final morning, we visit artists in their studios to learn about Zuni arts first-hand.  Zuni is an art-rich culture, and could be considered an “artist colony”, as nearly 80% of the people are working artists. This could include seeing pottery, stone fetish carving, intricately inlayed jewelry, beadwork, painting and other arts. This is an opportunity to purchase fine pieces directly from the artists before heading back home.

    A detailed schedule and info about etiquette at Zuni will be provided after registering for this event.

    We encourage you to stay in a local motel during the three nights of the visit.

    Here are two recommendations:

    The Inn at Halona, Restaurant & Marketplace  
    800-752-3278 or 505-782-4547 within the Zuni Pueblo
     www.halona.com

    Cimarron Rose B&B 
    505-783-4770 45 miles east, off Hwy 53 in Grants
    www.cimmaronrose.com



    • 16 Aug 2019
    • 19 Aug 2019
    • Cortez, Colorado
    • 4
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    The Center will hold two excavation field schools near Cortez, Colorado at Champagne Springs site. The 2019 dates are August 16-19 and August 23-26.

    The Member cost to attend one session is $195.

    The Non-member cost to attend the first session is $245, which includes a one-year membership. The cost to attend a second is $195, since membership was purchased with the first session. Wait until your membership is processed before registering for the second session.

    To reserve your space/spaces you must register and pay your fee at the time of registration. There is a $75 non-refundable cancellation fee.

    No experience is necessary. You will be paired with someone with experience. All materials will be supplied, unless you have your own that you would like to bring. You should be in good health as the activity is mildly strenuous. The weather can be hot, in the high 80's, so appropriate clothing, sunscreen, a hat and plenty of water is a must.

    For additional information, contact Linda Guarino at lguarino@tamu.edu. 

    • 23 Aug 2019
    • 26 Aug 2019
    • Cortez, Colorado
    • 1
    Register

    The Center will hold two excavation field schools near Cortez, Colorado at Champagne Springs site. The 2019 dates are August 16-19 and August 23-26. 

    The Member cost to attend one session is $195.

    The Non-member cost to attend the first session is $245, which includes a one-year . 

    To reserve your space/spaces you must register and pay your fee at the time of registration. There is a $75 non-refundable cancellation fee.

    No experience is necessary. You will be paired with someone with experience. All materials will be supplied, unless you have your own that you would like to bring. You should be in good health as the activity is mildly strenuous. The weather can be hot, in the high 80's, so appropriate clothing, sunscreen, a hat and plenty of water is a must.

    For additional information, contact Linda Guarino at lguarino@tamu.edu.