APRIL

Jicarilla Apache Petroglyphs with Dr. Richard I. Ford
Saturday, April 18, 2009, (9am-6pm)
Tour participants will visit three recently discovered (2008) Apache petroglyph sites along the upper Rio Grande, near Pilar, with noted Ethnobotanist and archaeologist Dr. Richard I. Ford who serves as Arthur Thurnow Professor of Anthropology and former director, Ethnobotanical Laboratory, University of Michigan. After scenic drive up the northern Rio Grande valley to Pilar, we will access the petroglyphs by hiking to view some of the most exciting images on stone. In addition to petroglyphs, there will be spectacular views of the Rio Grande gorge, birds, possibly early wild flowers, important Apache cultural shrines and their campsites. Bring your camera! You will also need long pants and hiking boots, hat, water, and hiking sticks (poles) if you use them. You will encounter extensive hiking, culminating in strenuous climbs up steep slopes. Tour Conditions: Hikers Wanted. Includes transportation, honorarium for study leader and hearty picnic lunch. $85 pp
Register by March 18

 

MAY

may_2009Western Archaic Petroglyphs on Glorieta Mesa With Brent Abel
Saturday, May 9, 2009 (7:30-3)
Visit some of the most important Archaic era petroglyphs in the U.S, estimated at 4,000-6,000 years old or more. Located on Glorieta Mesa southeast of Santa Fe. First recorded by members and volunteers of the U.S. Forest Service and members of the American Rock Art Research Association, as well as Arizona State University scholars, these areas (Sites #006 and #147) are filled with over 600 known rock art carvings, which are astronomically aligned to Summer solstice and equinox sunrise and sunsets. These types of carvings from this era are often associated with nomadic hunter-gatherer societies. The glyphs follow the contours of the rock and incorporate natural features, such as nodules, bumps, and cracks, into the carving. They are typically deeply incised and may represent the only remnants of conscious communication left by these early peoples. These incredible rock carvings include curvilinear, rectilinear, non-representational, irregular, geometric, spirals, starbursts, animal tracks, hunting images, and vision & Dream scenes. Following an exciting interpretive tour from our host, Brent Able, Supervisor, U.S. Forest Service Heritage Resources and Archaeologist. Lunch included at Connie’s Casa in Canoncito at Apache Canyon for debriefing and sharing our adventure stories. Tour Conditions: Easy. Includes transportation, fees, lunch and honorarium for scholars. $75 pp
Register by April 9.

Geology of EL Rito and the North Rim of the Copper Canyon with Dr. Kirt Kempter
Saturday, May 23, 2009 (9am-5pm)

The charming town of El Rito, north of Santa Fe on El Rito Creek, is situated along the margin of both the Colorado Plateau and the Rio Grande rift. The landscape history of the El Rito area reveals remarkable topographic changes through time. A 2-mile roundtrip hike (easy, he promises!) will take us to the spectacular north rim of Copper Canyon, one of the best, yet least known, vistas in northern New Mexico. We will also visit rock exposures north of El Rito, telling the story of the Rocky Mountain uplift in northern New Mexico. There is spectacular scenery throughout the day, so be sure to bring your cameras. An added bonus for this tour: a chicken fajita lunch prepared by Dr. Kirt himself (‘chef de cuisine’). This tour is also ‘required’ attendance for all ‘Southwest Seminars survivors’ of the memorable South Rim Copper Canyon tour! Modest hiking. Includes transportation, gourmet Fajita lunch by Kirt, and honorarium for Study Leaders. $85 pp. Register by April 23.

JUNE

Exploring the West Rim of the Jemez Valles Caldera and San Diego Canyon
With, Dr. Kirt Kempter
Saturday, June 13, 2009 (9am-5pm)
For those of you that have explored the eastern half (the part you see from State Highway 4 out of Los Alamos), of the Valles Caldera, this tour will provide new insight and understanding to the amazing geologic and natural history of the Valles Caldera. Highlights on this day include views of the caldera from the stunning western rim of the caldera, a visit to the youngest eruptive deposits inside the caldera, bizarre formations of Bandelier Tuff, and a geologic overview of San Diego Canyon, the only canyon that has breached the rim of the Valles Caldera. If time and weather allow, a short hike will be included on the itinerary. Tour Conditions: Easy. Includes transportation, lunch and honorarium for Study Leaders. $85 pp Register by May 13.

JULY

july_2009Natural History, Vulcanology and Geologic Tour of the Valles Caldera Interior
with Dr. Kirt Kempter
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 (9am-5pm)
Our journey this day will take us inside the Valles Caldera National Preserve, exploring the fascinating geologic
story told by rock exposures inside the caldera. Since the massive eruption that produced the caldera 1.2 million years ago, the caldera has experienced profound changes, involving resurgent uplift, numerous volcanic eruptions, lakes, and erosion of the rim. We will traverse across numerous scenic valleys inside the caldera, including Valle Grande, Valle San Antonio, and Valle Toledo, including a stop at Obsidian Valley, one of the major obsidian quarries utilized by Native Americans for centuries. Tour Conditions: Easy. Includes transportation, admissions, gourmet picnic lunch and honorarium for Study Leaders. $90 pp. Register by June 15

 

AUGUST

Zia Pueblo Feast Day Corn Dances with Alan C. Osborne
Saturday, August 15, 2009 (8:00am-:530 pm)
Join Alan Osborne, Southwest Cultural historian for a day trip to Zia Pueblo for feast day dances. These western-Keres speaking and traditonal people have occupied the scenic hilltop village and this rugged region NW of Albuquerque for centuries. Zia, located beside the Jemez River, is near the Nacamiento Mountains and red rock foothills of the Pajarito and Jemez Plateaus. These lands were the site of hunting gathering and farming communities for many millennia, as this region was populated by different peoples over long periods of time who came together to become those who were encountered by Spanish conquerors, missionaries and settlers. While conquest is an important chapter of Pueblolan history, ‘survivance’ is its modern reality. Some have said the Zia people have retained most of their traditional beliefs and thus absorbed very little influence of our dominant society. The Zia achievements in pottery and other arts and crafts, as well as spiritual tenacity is legendary. Their mission church and plaza are all part of the accommodation and compartmentalization of different but powerful spiritual forces. We will be like trees: silent observers and important witnesses of the continuing strength of culture here today at Zia Pueblo. Tour Conditions: Easy. Includes transportation, nice picnic lunch, and honorarium for Study Leader. $75 pp. Register by July 15.

OCTOBER

Tijeras Pueblo, Paa-ko Pueblo, Arroyo Hondo Pueblo and San Antonio with Dr. Linda Cordell
Saturday, October 17, 2009 ( 8:30 am – 6:00 pm)
Spend an enlightening day with noted archaeologist, scholar, author and professor emeritus Dr. Linda Cordell, with whom we will be visiting four archaeological sites on the edge of the Galisteo Basin: Tijeras Pueblo, Paa-ko Pueblo, Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, and San Antonio. Each of these is representative of different ways Ancestral Puebloans built 14th century communities. All four pueblos were constructed of adobe and noted scholars excavated each to different degrees during the 20th century and today visitors see low mounds of earth. With maps, photographs, and Dr. Cordell’s interpretation, we will walk each of the sites to understand their similarities and differences.

Arroyo Hondo was composed of 1,000 rooms arranged in 1 and 2-story room blocks and was originally investigated and partially excavated by Nels Nelson of the American Museum of Natural History. Intensively studied by Douglas Schwartz for the SAR, it sits at the margins of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains just outside Santa Fe. It sits above a spring and encloses 13 plazas. Pottery traditions of the village were shared with other puebloans of the Tewa Basin and Pajarito Plateau but Arroyo Hondo appears not to have participated in much broader networks of exchange.

Tijeras Pueblo is on the east side of the Sandia Mountains and was occupied, like Arroyo Hondo, from about 1300 to 1425 AD. It is located above a seep, it is bisected by 2 arroyos, and was excavated by UNM field schools in the late 1940’s, and again in the 1970’s, directed by W. James Judge and later Linda Cordell. While much smaller than Arroyo Hondo, with about 250 rooms, it experienced 2 different construction episodes during which the community completely reorganized its space. These Ancestral Puebloans were among the first to produce glaze-paint decorated pottery. Their kivas were of 2 different shapes and construction techniques, and the village maintained 2 different traditions of painted pottery, while participating in extensive trade networks. A new interpretive visitor center there will enhance our experience.

While neither Arroyo Hondo nor Tijeras Pueblos remained occupied into the mid-1400’s, settlement did continue at a pueblo in the modern village of San Antonio. Finally, in 1763 AD, a frontier buffer community of Hispano/Genizaro (hispanicized captives) was established there, named San Miguel de Laredo. In the 1970’s, portions of the ancestral pueblo village and the historic San Miguel de Laredo were excavated by the Museum of New Mexico and scholars conducted important ethno historic research.

Paa-ko Pueblo also began in the 1300’s AD as a plaza-oriented adobe-walled compound of several hundred rooms. But after more than a century of occupation, Paa-ko ceased year-round occupation. By the 1500’s, a smaller, mostly stone-masonry pueblo was built on-site and occupied into the 1600’s AD. Early Spanish colonial documents mention Paa-ko as an existing village and Adolph Bandelier noted it as a ruin when he arrived in the late 19th century. Major excavation at Paa-ko in the late 1930’s was undertaken by SAR/Museum of New Mexico in hopes it would become a unit of the New Mexico State Monument network that complements Coronado Monument (Kuaua). Recent work there by the U. of Chicago is focused on the historic site. Paa-ko produced glaze painted pottery traded with Tewa Basin and Galisteo Basin pueblos. Historic period occupation seems to have resulted when Galisteo Basin pueblos were under attack, and Paa-ko served as a place of refuge.
Includes transportation, lunch, and Study Leader honorarium. $95pp.

NOVEMBER

november_2009Red Rock Magic: Canyonlands and Arches National Parks
with Dr. Kirt Kempter and Alan Osborne
November 1- 5, 2009, Sunday through Thursday
Journey into the magical Canyonlands and Arches National Parks of southeast Utah and the spectacular Red Rock Country of the Colorado Plateau for an unforgettable five-day experience with Dr. Kirt Kempter, vulcanologist, geologist, former Fulbright scholar, and Alan Osborne, Southwest cultural historian. We’ll spend all four nights at the new and beautiful Red Cliffs Lodge, featuring a popular restaurant and on-site winery and vineyard, as well as beautifully appointed riverside timber lodges with private patios overlooking the Colorado River. It has been said of this area, upriver from Moab and facing Arches National Park across the river: ‘The magic of the river, red cliffs, and pastoral green fields (replete with grazing horses) are three ingredients, that when viewed together, overwhelm the senses.’ Vast panoramas, dizzyingly deep canyons, dramatically steep cliffs, broad mesas and towering spires, sliced into districts by the Colorado and Green rivers, this is a world-famous photographers’ paradise and land of extremes, described in expressive literary terms by some of America’s most eloquent writers, including Terry Tempest Williams and Edward Abbey.november3_2009

november2_2009Includes morning 4×4 excursion along the Schafer Trail into the Canyonlands with local guides and a half-day guided river trip by motorboat through a spectacular section accessed by the river, with picnic lunch and visits to ancient Indian petroglyphs and cultural sites along the way. Not only spectacular vistas, but also wildlife, including bighorn sheep, are always a possibility for sighting and photographing on this memorable day.

We’ll spend another full day to marvel at several Canyonlands scenic overlooks from the rim above the river, including Mesa Arch and Dead Horse Point, featuring walks/hikes to unforgettable views of a vast panorama of rugged red rock landscapes, appreciating the beauty of the region we passed the day before deep in the canyon below on our excursion along the river.

Another full day will be spent enjoying Arches National Park, including a view of Delicate Arch, Utah’s
signature icon, a picnic lunch at North or South Window, and visits to other natural arches, such as Sand Dune Arch, Skyline Arch, Broken Arch (which isn’t really broken), and Landscape Arch, all formed by the hand of Mother Nature with water, wind, and time. Hikes/walks optional and will feature activities for all mobility levels/ages. Something for all to experience and enjoy! Register by September 1st. Double Occupancy: $1,250 pp. Single Occupancy: $1,450. Deposit to res

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