Step into the Pueblo world and discover the depth and diversity of Pueblo communities in the Rio Grande Valley. Accompanied by extraordinary Pueblo educators, enjoy a unique opportunity to experience deeper dimensions of Pueblo lifeways: Attend a Corn Dance at Kewa Pueblo, visit talented jewelers and potters, and learn to visit ancestral places and sacred landscapes with respect.
Beginning and ending in Albuquerque, New Mexico, follow along the footsteps of the ancestors and immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural traditions of the Pueblo world.
- Discover thousands of years of culture present in today’s Pueblos through ceremony, art, archaeology, Indigenous knowledge, language, turquoise, and more!
- Visit Ancestral Pueblo places with respect and perspective at Kua’ua, Petroglyph, and Bandelier National Monuments.
What to Expect
Limited to14 registered participants.
Lodging and transportation provided. Most meals included. Itinerary subject to change.
Sunday, March 31: Arrive in Albuquerque
Gather for introductions, a program overview, and dinner. Overnight: Albuquerque, NM (D)
Monday, April 1: Kua’ua & Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
We begin our week with a visit to Kua’ua, a pre-contact Tiwa village on the west banks of the Rio Grande river where visitors can enter a reconstructed kiva and view some of the original wall murals. We’ll spend the afternoon at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center learning about the many diverse Pueblo communities of the Rio Grande. Overnight: Albuquerque, NM (B, L, D)
Tuesday, April 2: Petroglyph National Monument & Maxwell Museum
This morning, we explore Petroglyph National Monument, known as one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America. Later we view exhibits at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology and learn about collection management and the co-creation of exhibits with tribal community members. Overnight: Albuquerque, NM (B, L, D)
Wednesday, April 3: Kewa Pueblo (Santo Domingo) Corn Dance
We visit Kewa Pueblo (Santo Domingo) for a very special experience as we attend a Corn Dance and Feast Day celebration. We’ll take in the dances, vendors, food, and blessings. In the afternoon, we continue to Santa Fe and give you time to explore on your own or rest up after an eventful day. Overnight: Santa Fe, NM (B, L) Dinner on own
Thursday, April 4: Museum of Indian Arts and Culture & Turquoise Mine
At the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) we view Anthony’s exhibit, titled “Down Home,” where we can trace generations of tradition, family history, and community connections. In the afternoon, we head into the foothills to visit a turquoise mine that continues to be an important cultural site for many Pueblo people. Overnight: Santa Fe, NM (L, D) Breakfast on own
Friday, April 5: Bandelier National Monument
Bandelier is home to 11,000 years of Indigenous occupation including the Ancestral Pueblo people. Oral traditions continue to link this special place to the Pueblo people. We’ll take the afternoon to discuss Lee’s work both as a Master Potter and Director of the Indigenous Knowledge Collective. Overnight: Santa Fe, NM (L, D) Breakfast on own
Saturday, April 6: Departures
8:00 a.m. transfer to Albuquerque for vehicles and airport shuttles as needed.
*(B, L, D) indicates meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This program requires special permission from the Petroglyph & Bandelier National Monuments, and the Coronado Historic Site. ©2023 by Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. All rights reserved. CST 2059347-50.
Is this program right for me?
WHAT TO EXPECT
The entire trip takes place at elevations between 5,000 and 7,500 feet. This program involves van travel, light hiking, and museum visits. Some days will include van rides of up to 1.5 hours. Some days van rides may last less than 30 minutes with multiple stops. All travel is by van on highways and rural roads. Our pace will be somewhat leisurely and assistance will be provided, but you must be comfortable hiking and standing for several hours at a time.
The program starts in Albuquerque, NM and ends in Santa Fe, NM. Hotels are centrally located in both cities.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How strenuous is the program? This program is designed to be as easy as possible yet still active. The walking portion of the trip will be on the shorter side with walks on a mix of paved, unpaved, and uneven ground under two miles. Be prepared to be on your feet walking and standing for several hours at a time.
How long are the hikes on the trip? Generally less than two miles. There will be more standing and wandering than hiking distances.
How much elevation gain do the hikes have? Most hikes will be on hilly terrain but no extreme, steep, or long hikes. Most will gain two hundred feet or less.
What time does the program start on the first day? We will gather at 5:00 p.m. at the hotel on the first day of the program.
What time does the program end on the last day? There is no programming on Saturday. We will provide transportation to the Albuquerque Airport depending on your travel plans.
Will airport transfers be provided? Crow Canyon provides transportation to/from the Albuquerque airport.
Can I drive myself? No, we will travel as a group in Crow Canyon vehicles throughout the trip.
What if I have a dietary restriction? Please fill out your medical form and check with your Program Manager. We will do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions to your satisfaction.
Register online or contact Tayler Hasbrouck at email@example.com. Prior to the program start date, we will provide trip details, a packing list, and forms for you to complete. Please direct specific questions and concerns to the Program Manager, David Boyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.