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Turquoise Trails: Southwest Indian Arts

Southwest Indian Art

POSTPONED UNTIL 2021

Turquoise Trails: Southwest Indian Arts 

POSTPONED UNTIL 2021

Turquoise is a rare gemstone of great historical and cultural significance in the American Southwest. The stone is considered to be a representation of purity and protection, praised by local medicine men for its healing powers. This tour delves into the deep cultural significance of this icon of the desert Southwest as well as the effort involved in utilizing turquoise within artwork and jewelry.

Join members of the Tanner family—a trading post dynasty—as we explore the artistic, economic, and sacred value of turquoise in American Indian culture. We visit the newly renovated Turquoise Museum, and we will be granted exclusive access to a turquoise mine. Throughout the trip, renowned artists who specialize in inlay and lapidary work join us to demonstrate the artistic processes of using turquoise. Trips to local Pueblo communities provide an authentic glimpse of the lives of modern American Indian artists. You will even have the opportunity to create your own turquoise bead as a souvenir of the trip! This program will give you a deeper appreciation for the importance of turquoise in the art and jewelry of the Southwest.

Highlights:

  • Engage in a behind-the-scenes tour of the New Mexico Tiffany Turquoise Mine and learn about the variations of turquoise that the mine produces.
  • Visit the Turquoise Museum at the newly renovated Gertrude Zachary mansion for a turquoise lecture and tour of the museum. 
  • Spend time with present-day turquoise miners and world famous Native American lapidary artists.

 

To our valued participants: We appreciate your support and welcome your registration in our programs. Given the ongoing uncertainty around social distancing and travel guidelines, we are no longer requiring deposits upon registration. This will allow a smooth process for both our travelers and our organization if it becomes necessary to cancel additional programs due to the coronavirus pandemic. If you have questions about this policy for our Cultural Exploration programs, please contact Tayler Hasbrouck at 970-564-4366 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. With questions about any of our other on-campus programs please contact Laura Brown at 970-564-4346 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.