Peoples Past & Present
Peoples Past & Present: Southwest
Acoma & Zuni
pueblos; Gallup, NM's Southwest Indian Arts; the Archaeology of Chaco
Canyon & Dinétah, NM and the Montezuma Valley & Mesa Verde, CO.
small group is filling now for September 12-24, 2017.
Experience our impressive new
learning vacation! We have been asked by previous guests to blend three of
our most popular Southwestern experiences into one comprehensive program. Offered individually, we have operated this as three
day programs from Tucson. Our new 13 day adventure operates from delightful Albuquerque,
NM. Our small group will travel scenic routes round-trip from
in the luxurious comfort of spacious new Chevy Suburbans;
each guest will enjoy their own window seat, permitting comfort both on paved
highways and byways and on occasional seldom seen back-country roads, as
Our new tour begins
and ends in
Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Travel with us
round-trip through some of New Mexico’s
most breathtaking scenery, including a corner of strikingly beautiful Navajo Land,
and into Colorado’s fabled Four Corners Country. Enjoy a quick peek into
Utah! Very comfortable accommodations throughout, all breakfasts and four delightful picnics afield are
all included. For your
savings, convenience and peace of mind, whis includes trip
cancellation insurance and more, and is provided in the
price for all of our guests!
We will travel
extravagantly scenic routes in very pleasant spacious new Chevy Sububans, permitting
significant comfort both on
highways and byways, as well as on established back-country roads. Everyone delights in their own window seat.
small group is not crowded!
points of interest and study will be Acoma & Zuni
pueblos; Gallup, New Mexico, the center of Southwest Indian Arts; the Archaeology of the Montezuma Valley & Mesa
Verde in Colorado; and Chaco Canyon in New Mexico; plus an exciting day of exploration in Dinétah, the
ancestral homeland of the Navajo.
13 days, we've selected some seldom seen and many other significant sites,
and museums, too; we've chosen very comfortable relaxing non-smoking accommodations throughout the trip. In addition to several yummy picnics
afield, we know some really great restaurants to enjoy
together, as well!
people will be able to anticipate and share this unique learning
vacation; some have already made the decision; we are ready to
answer your questions and take your reservations now if you determine
that this learning adventure is for you!
included? Please let me explain: This trip includes several very
enjoyable picnic lunches afield when we find ourselves far from
restaurants at mealtime. Additionally, all breakfasts are
included! By not including the other restaurant meals, you save
money; perhaps lots of money. For example: When we include meals,
restaurants don't give us the price breaks you might expect; also, we
must choose ample meals to satisfy the grandest of appetites; and meals
must be limited choices of what we think you want to eat, rather
than what you might choose for yourself. So, if you eat lightly (perhaps
you and your traveling companion prefer to share entrees?), then you're
paying for a big meal that you're not enjoying. Additionally, when you
do the ordering, you may choose from the full range of an
often-extensive menu, thus enjoying - and paying for - exactly,
and only, what you choose. Our guests have long appreciated this
Please call or email
Mary and Piet with
any questions...(520) 887-2340;
NEW SW INDIAN COUNTRY LEARNING VACATION
popular tours combined in one New Learning Vacation
travel pleasure in new Chevy Suburbans
group comfort. Each guest enjoys a window seat
cancellation/Travel Protection Plan for each guest
Canyon and Mesa Verde area archaeology
and Zuni pueblos. SW Indian arts & crafts
in Dinétah: Navajo rock art and pueblitos
exploration of Southwest culture
very pleasant hotel nights are included
Southwest beauty of NM and CO
pleasant travel companions. Never Stop Learning
picnics afield in spectacular beautiful Southwest places
significant seldom-seen Chaco outliers
Hawikuh exploration with a Zuni archaeologist
Canyon Archaeology, New Mexico
Who walked through these doors before you came? And where on earth
did they go? Imagine:
Day at Chaco Canyon a millennium ago... thousands of people have gathered
at Pueblo Bonito... having come afoot from far, far away: Mesa Verde, Paquimé,
Central Mexico... Screams of bright macaws echo off sandstone walls.
Shells from the Sea of Cortez sparkle in the high desert sunshine. Stones and
gems, skins, wood, pottery, foods and seeds from far-off lands are
bartered. For reasons still debated,
this entire civilization crumbled. Or did it just change? How? Why? Who
went where? And when? Come discover the possibilities! Know the immense
beauty of this remote, little-visited and delightful place: Chaco Culture National Historical Park, a
World Heritage Site, hidden among the dirt roads in the northwestern
corner of the very lovely state of New Mexico.
Impressive Pueblo Bonito! © Nancy Bower Photo 2012
center of Ancestral Puebloan culture 1000 years ago, Chaco
Canyon in Northwestern New Mexico is an awesomely impressive archaeological
The magnificent masonry ruins encompass six
large pueblos containing over 1600 multi-story rooms, more than 90
kivas and Great Kivas. In addition to Chaco Canyon itself, there
are numerous pueblos on old connecting roads that encompass the
greater Chacoan world.
We’ll begin with an overview of Chacoan
culture and during the days we'll trace the expanding Chacoan system
throughout the San Juan basin.
Our exploration takes us not only
to well-known sites such as Pueblo Bonito and Casa Rinconada, the
largest of Chaco's great kivas, but also to significant and seldom-
visited Chacoan outliers.
the science and theories surrounding the
strategies and techniques that Chacoan people used to adapt to
their often- challenging environment.
outlier sites both large and small; some are well-restored and others
seldom seen and natural.
bit of back-country trail walking
in some of New Mexico's beautiful places is involved; please
rest assured, strenuous activity is
|A day exploring Dinétah, the traditional
homeland of the Navajo Indian Tribe, includes visits to remote Ancestral
Puebloan (Anasazi) and Navajo rock art. We'll visit small and remote Navajo ruins called
pueblitos, Spanish for “little pueblos.” There is also evidence left
for us by the Ute tribes and the early Spanish explorers and settlers.
Zuni and Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico
|Indian Trader is an
all-too-common moniker nowadays. To be direct, some purveyors of what
appears to be local native-made merchandise are not being altogether
honest in their purveyance.
It will be our pleasure to introduce you to some people who have
traded with Southwestern Indians for generations. In doing so, they have
earned a solid reputation for honesty among the artists with whom they
do business. This benefits you, our guest, because you are thereby
assured to be able to enjoy buying - or just looking and learning -
knowledgeably and at a fair price.
Of particular interest during our time
at Zuni will be our visit to Hawikuh in the company of a Zuni
Archaeologist. Founded in the 1200s, Hawikuh was the largest
of the Zuñi pueblos. Originally thought to be one of the fabled gold
Cities of Cíbola, Hawikuh was conquered by Coronado in 1540. The
mission, La Purisima Concepcíón, was established at the pueblo, and
was destroyed during the Great Pueblo Revolt of 1680, after which
Hawikuh was permanently abandoned. In its prime Hawikuh had up to 125
rooms surrounding a central plaza and stood four stories high with
multiple numbers of kivas.
The old Spanish mission church
Ancient Acoma Pueblo sits grandly
atop the mesa.
Montezuma Valley and Mesa Verde, Colorado
The Grandest of them
all: Cliff Palace
|The vast Mesa Verde
southwestern Colorado's bright blue sky, and is renowned for its striking landscape and
spectacular cliff dwellings, many of which were constructed in the A.D.
1200s. These same places have received much notoriety as the last homes
of the so-called “Anasazi” before the region’s abrupt abandonment
in A.D. 1280.
Where did these people
come from and where did they go?
We will consider these
questions both afield with our archaeologist and at an excellent regional
museum or two.
|To understand the great
span of Pueblo history in the Four Corners region, we choose to begin our
exploration at sites situated in the archaeologically rich Montezuma
Valley, an amazing, beautiful and comparatively little-known basin
country that lies at the foot of the grand Mesa Verde.
Our archaeologist, Larry
Baker, will unravel the past
for us as we visit a
variety of sites -- small & large prehistoric villages, a
prehistoric road, great kiva and Great House -- that date to different
points in time during the 700-year Pueblo history.
our Montezuma Valley explorations,
we will turn our attention to the incredible Mesa Verde itself and will
complete our story with visits to a number of sites, including walking
through a cliff dwelling or two.
The wildlife habitat both
on Mesa Verde and in the surrounding Montezuma Valley is plentiful and
photogenic. On other visits, we photographed mule deer and turkeys until they became
almost. Birds are everywhere. While scouting for a trip in
2010, Mary and I enjoyed the best look at a wild mountain lion we've
Vast Montezuma Valley from Mesa Verde
Sleeping Ute Mtn. from Montezuma Valley
La Plata Mountains...distant &
& Piet Van de Mark at Baja's Frontier Tours with your questions.
Group Now Reserving
per person, double occupancy
rooms are available at $790 additional
Travel & Trip Cancellation Plan is Provided for Each Guest
Travel Comfort in New Chevy Suburbans
Guest Enjoys Their Own Window Seat!
& Piet are the tour producers as well as your personal hosts
on this - and every - BFT learning vacation!
opportunities, friendly fellow-travelers...and much,
accommodations. small group.
Spacious seating in new
Chevy Suburbans where everyone enjoys a window seat!
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