From the “Sky City” to the “City Different,” this special tour blends singular cultural experiences and gatherings with remarkable artists with tasteful meals, luxurious accommodations, artful galleries and exceptional museums.
Our guide for this ed-venture almost needs no introduction. Second-generation Indian art dealer, scholar and author, Mark Bahti is a legend in the Southwest having spent a lifetime in the Four Corners. His knowledge and expertise is unsurpassed and provides unique insights into the lives and work of native craftspeople. His thoughtful collections are showcased in his Tucson and Santa Fe galleries.
Highlights of our trip include visits to Zuni Pueblo and the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center and to Acoma Pueblo, their Cultural Center and Haak’u Museum. While at Acoma we will also have the opportunity to meet resident potters and enjoy a lunch of traditional foods at the Yaak’a Café. While in Santa Fe we explore behind the scenes at the Institute of American Indian Arts have planned for visits with artists possibly including George Rivera (sculptor), Roxanne Swentzell (sculptor), Diana Moya-Lujan (straw applique), Art Lopez (retablo and santos), and Lawrence Baca (jewelry/silversmith). There will be receptions at several prominent Plaza galleries including, of course, Bahti Indian Arts. We’ve even built in a free day in Santa Fe for you to follow your fancy – explore Museum Hill, shop Canyon Road Arts District, stroll the Plaza or sample the best of New Mexican cuisine. But, no doubt, the climax of our travels will be our visit to Jemez Pueblo to attend their Feast Day of San Diego on November 12. The local plaza comes alive with hundreds of multi-generational Puebloan dancers as well as vendors selling a variety of crafts, folk art and local food.
To make sure we are rested for our adventures, our first night in Gallup will be spent at the Best Western, while our remaining four nights will see us enjoying the luxury of the historic, art-filled La Fonda Hotel on the Plaza, one of Santa Fe’s 4-star hotels filled with authentic, New Mexican architectural charm.
The pueblos of New Mexcio are magical – Zuni was one mistaken for the Seven Cities of Cíbola after all – and the rich mix of Native American, Hispanic and Anglo heritage of Santa Fe is legendary. Come explore it with us.
Cost includes motorcoach transportation, accommodations (one night at the Best Western in Gallup and four nights at La Fonda in Santa Fe), most meals, guide services and other related tour expenses.
$1825 Members ($400 single supplement) | a $500 deposit will secure your space . . .