Southwest Indian Art: Origins and Revivals

  • Visit artists and studios
    Visit artists and studios

Meet American Indian artists and visit trading posts in the Southwest

June 5–11, 2018

Registration for this seminar is closed. Steeped in a rich legacy of trade networks, nation building, and artistry, the Tanner family is one of the oldest trading post families in the Southwest. Travel with the Tanners through northern New Mexico and Arizona to explore the origins of iconic art forms and meet contemporary revivalists who are keeping the traditions alive. At each stop a different master artist reveals their insight.


  • Journey to the Grand Canyon and find out how Hopi and Zuni origin stories are tied to the area.
  • Visit Hopi and Navajo masters and iconic trading posts in Gallup.
  • Learn how tribal origin stories influence the work of artists.

About this Program

  1. Scholars
  2. Accommodations
  3. What to Expect
  4. Details

Cindy and Joe Tanner Joe and Cindy Tanner are among the best-known American Indian art traders in the Southwest. Joe is a fourth-generation “old-school” trader and an authority on turquoise sources, history, and use. He and his wife, Cindy, have helped advance the careers of some of the most recognizable Southwest Indian artists.



Emerald Tanner Emerald Tanner is a fifth-generation trader and the daughter of Joe and Cindy Tanner. She loves cultivating relationships between collectors, artists, and colleagues. Emerald has offered education seminars on turquoise and contemporary American Indian jewelry for archaeological groups, museums, and collectors.

All nights are spent in comfortable hotels and motels. Shared accommodations based on double occupancy; single accommodations are available for an additional fee of $425.

Take advantage of the opportunity to meet with the Tanner Family, one of the oldest trading post families in the Southwest. There are some physical requirements associated with this trip. Please read below to learn more:

Some walking may be involved during this trip on uneven terrain. You must be comfortable with standing for long periods of time while you visit artists, watch demonstrations and engage in conversations. You must also be comfortable with sitting for an extended period of time while driving to other locations. The longest drive is approximately two hours. During the trip, you may be visiting remote locations with limited amenities. There is the possibility of stopping at gas stations for bathroom stops. The elevation during the trip may increase to above 7000 ft. You may consider arriving a day or two in advance to acclimate, especially if coming from sea level. If you are concerned about your ability to do any of these activities, please consult your physician.

Tuition is per person and based on shared accommodations. Tuition includes scholar honorarium, accommodations, meals listed, entry fees and permits, most gratuities, and transportation from arrival in Flagstaff, Arizona, on June 5, 2018, until departure from Flagstaff on June 11, 2018. Transportation to and from Flagstaff is your responsibility.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing to Crow Canyon Sales and Enrollment Specialist, 23390 Road K, Cortez, CO 81321-9408, or e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Cancellations become effective on the date received. The following penalty schedule applies: On or before April 5, 2018, $200 handling fee; after April 5, 2018, forfeiture of all payments.

Terms, Conditions, and Cancellation Policy

The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center's programs and admission practices are open to applicants of any race, color, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, or sexual orientation.

Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California CST 2059347-50

Tuition & Reservation

$2,995 (member*)
$3,120 (nonmember)
*Minimum $100 level (see Membership)

Deposit: $400
Balance due: April 5, 2018

Cancellation policy:
Cancellation on or before April 5, 2018, $200 handling fee; after April 5, 2018, forfeiture of all payments. See details tab for more information.

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     M–F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mountain Time)

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