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 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.
Hotel Parq Central
Locally owned and beautifully restored, Hotel Parq Central is a luxury boutique hotel steeped in the history of Albuquerque. Built-in 1926, the hotel features Italian-style architecture, sleek stone tiling, and inviting décor, as well as a garden, a rooftop lounge, and an outdoor Jacuzzi. Guests enjoy indulgent breakfasts and complimentary airport and local shuttles.
La Fonda on the Plaza
Step into the past and experience the splendor of the American Southwest at La Fonda on the Plaza, the only Santa Fe hotel situated on the city’s historic plaza. Experience the allure of old-world charm at one of Santa Fe’s best hotels, where tasteful, modern conveniences blend with the warmth of New Mexican style. Enjoy the vibrant decor and authentic New Mexican architecture along with amenities including Wi-Fi, concierge services, a complimentary business center, and more.
The newest all-suite hotel in Gallup, SpringHill Suites prides itself on its level of service that embodies the warm characteristics of Native culture. Visitors can indulge with drinks in the plush, renovated lobby before departing for bed in a lifestyle suite. Amenities include an indoor pool, new gym, and a freshly made breakfast every morning. Modern accommodations will allow you to wake up refreshed and focused.
This is a very mild program with no long hikes required. However, there will be time spent standing as you explore museums and turquoise mines. There is the potential for a large amount of sitting as you attend presentations and talk with community members. Please consider your ability to sit for long periods of time and your ability to walk through even terrain in controlled environments.
The elevation level for this trip is 7000 feet. We recommend ramping up your exercise regime prior to arrival and arriving a day or two early to acclimate, especially if coming from sea level. Adequate hydration and time for acclimation will minimize most effects of altitude. If you have any questions, please contact your physician.
Facilities and amenities will be available for the majority of the trip. Anticipate bus rides of up to three hours on some bumpy roads, with planned restroom stops along the way. You will be visiting some rural areas where the facilities may be limited; however, effort will be made to keep the trip as comfortable as possible.
Elements of this trip include visits to rural areas, where traditional American Indian families welcome us as guests into their homes. These homes can range from very simple accommodations (i.e., toilet facilities may be an outhouse) to those with fully modern amenities. Please know that we practice “visiting with respect” with each and every family, regardless of their provided amenities. We will traverse a sacred landscape—the ancestral homeland of descendant communities. Guidelines will be provided to help you prepare for this journey. Alcohol is strictly prohibited on tribal lands.
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