Tiwa Culture: A Mosaic of Landscapes & Languages

2019 tiwa

Venture to Pueblos and learn about Tiwa culture from descendent community members.

September 25–October 1, 2019

Less than 3,000 people speak the Tiwa language. This rare language has spread throughout the region from Taos Pueblo to Isleta and Picuris. Discover the relationship between these tribes through language and culture with the guidance of remarkable scholars, visits to archaeological sites, and a Feast Day celebration experience.


  • Travel with experts Severin Fowles and Ron Martinez Looking-Elk.
  • Visit Taos, Isleta, and Picuris Pueblos and meet current members.
  • Witness the popular San Geronimo Feast Day celebration.

Tiwa Culture: A Mosaic of Landscapes & Languages

  1. Scholars
  2. Accommodations
  3. Is This Trip For You?
  4. FAQs
  5. Terms & Policies

Severin Fowles

Severin Fowles – Severin Fowles, Ph.D., is an anthropological archaeologist and the Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Barnard College. Fowles’ research focuses on questions of religion, visual culture, cultural landscapes, indigeneity, Native American studies, and the archaeology of the present. He has conducted archaeological fieldwork since 1996 in northern New Mexico, collaborating with descendant communities in the Southwest. Fowles is widely published in academic journals and is in process of authoring his third book.


Ron Martinez Looking-Elk

Ron Martinez Looking-Elk - Ron Martinez Looking-Elk (Isleta Pueblo and Taos Pueblo) is an international award-winning artist as well as an expert in sustainable economic development in indigenous communities worldwide. He has worked and trained with indigenous artists, leaders, and organizers from many countries, including New Zealand, Japan, Greece, South Korea, Africa, Bolivia, and Peru, as well as with tribes throughout the United States. Photograph by Jason S. Ordaz, courtesy of the Institute of Arts, 2016.

All accommodation reservations are made by Crow Canyon Archaeological Canyon as part of your program. Here is a sneak peek into where you will be staying throughout the trip.

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm - Surrounded by 25 acres of lavender fields, cottonwood trees, and lush formal gardens, this is one of the most picturesque historic properties in the southwest. Los Poblanos is bathed in natural beauty and is the ideal setting to relax amongst a working organic farm. Designed in 1932 by the Father of Santa Fe style, the inn features a mix of modern amenities with old-style charm. From custom furnishings and bath products made directly on the farm to locally sourced food, no detail has been spared.

Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast - Located 35 minutes north of Santa Fe, Casa Escondida is a secluded escape in the countryside of New Mexico where guests are exposed to wonderful views of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains, unique accommodations, and a peaceful Southwestern atmosphere. It’s everything you need and more for the best New Mexico getaways you’ll always remember.


This program may include some hiking across rugged and remote canyon lands. You may be required to hike on uneven, rocky, and un-established trails. Some routes may be impeded by boulders and low-angle bedrock. While staff members are available for assistance, you should be comfortable using your hands to steady yourself and be able to take steps higher than a standing staircase step to navigate around the boulders and bedrock.


The elevation levels for this trip will range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet. We recommend ramping up your exercise regime prior to arrival or arriving a day or two early to acclimate, especially if coming from sea level. If you have any questions, please contact your physician.

Remote Facilities?

During this trip, you may be visiting remote locations with limited amenities. We will take advantage of bathroom stops when available.

Cultural Sensitivity?

This program includes visits to Pueblo communities. Each Pueblo operates under its own sovereign government and establishes its own rules for visitors. Guidelines will be provided to help you prepare for your journey. Please be respectful of any and all rules during visits to these Pueblos. The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center practices “visiting with respect” with each and every Pueblo, home, and family. There may be instances where you are invited in a Pueblo home. Know that these can range from very simple accommodations (i.e. toilet facilities may be an outhouse) to those with modern facilities. Alcohol is prohibited on tribal lands.

Hands-on Work?

This trip contains elements of experiential learning where you may be asked to engage in the preparation of meals or mud-plastering buildings. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and join in on the fun.

Should I get travel insurance?

Yes, we highly recommend that all of our program participants purchase some type of travel insurance to help you protect your purchase against any unforeseen circumstances. When you don’t purchase travel insurance, you risk losing your full deposit and any other payments that you have made toward the trip. Crow Canyon does not endorse any particular travel insurance agency, but we recommend visiting InsureMyTrip.com (link) as a starting point. At the least, Crow Canyon recommends purchasing cancellation, evacuation, and/or baggage insurance.

If I cancel, will I get my deposit back?

If you cancel before 90 days prior to the start of the program, you can get a refund equal to 50% of your deposit. Instead of a refund, you could transfer your deposit to another program through 2020 or turn your deposit into a tax-deductible donation. If you cancel after 90 days prior to the program, you forfeit all payments and your deposit.

Do I bring my own camping gear?

You are welcome and encouraged to bring your own camping gear with you on this trip. Please keep in mind when packing that you will have to carry your own gear to the campsite and back out of the park at the end of the trip. If you do not have your own camping gear, Crow Canyon offers camping gear rentals. If you need to rent gear, let our Enrollment Specialists know when you register for this program.

Who should I reach out to with questions?

Crow Canyon’s Cultural Explorations team works hard all year planning these incredible trips. If you have questions regarding the itinerary, accommodations, travel, etc. please reach out to Kate Thompson by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 970-564-4395.

If you have questions about payments or invoices, please contact our Enrollment Specialists by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 800-422-8975, ext. 457.

For further information on the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center’s Terms, Conditions, and Cancellation Policies please click here. You will find details on tuition, cancellations, travel insurance, accommodations, medical information, and more.

Tuition & Reservation

Single Tuition
  Member*: $3,610
  Nonmember: $3,735

Shared Tuition
  Member*: $2,995
  Nonmember: $3,120

Deposit (due at time of registration): $500
*If you are interested in becoming a Crow Canyon member, please contact our Enrollment Specialists.

Registration Deadline: July 27, 2019

To Register:
Call: 800-422-8975, ext. 457
E-mail: travel@crowcanyon.org


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