Donna Glowacki, Ph.D., is an anthropological archaeologist who studies transformation, disruption, and resiliency in Southwestern societies. She is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame and a research associate at Crow Canyon. Donna has conducted archaeological research in the Southwest since 1992. She is the author of Living and Leaving: A Social History of Regional Depopulation in Thirteenth-Century Mesa Verde (University of Arizona Press, 2015).
Tessie Naranjo, Ph.D. (Santa Clara), is a founder of the Pueblo Indian Studies Program at Northern New Mexico College and former co-director of the Northern Pueblos Institute. She has been an advisor to numerous museums across the country. A number guest scholars will join Dr. Naranjo to provide us with their insights into Pueblo history and culture, as well as their understanding of how unity and diversity are expressed in the Pueblo world.
All accommodation reservations are made by Crow Canyon Archaeological Canyon as part of your program. Here is a sneak peek into where you will be staying throughout the trip:
Best Western Rio Grande - Located 1.5 blocks from historic Downtown Durango, you will find the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a plethora of local restaurants and night life, stunning art galleries, and unique shopping. All of downtown Durango is within walking distance.The hotel amenities include an indoor pool, a hot tub, complimentary breakfast and cocktails, and more.
Pagosa Hot Springs and Spa - The Springs Resort & Spa, located in beautiful Pagosa Springs, has 23 hot spring mineral pools, 79 hotel rooms with luxury suites and a full service day spa for an incredibly relaxing experience that you will never forget.
Abiquiu Inn - Abiquiu Inn is located along the ancient Rio Chama corridor, north of Santa Fe and southwest of Taos, in the remote town of Abiquiu (pronounced A-bih-kyoo). Adjacent to the Georgia O'Keeffe Home & Studio Tour office, this is the gateway into the rich history of the Piedra Lumbre Valley. The magnificent landscape presents scores of outdoor adventure opportunities, or simply relax amidst some of the most pristine southwest panoramas in the world.
This program includes a few short, moderate hikes while visiting Ancestral Pueblos, Mesa Verde National Park, Chimney Rock National Monument, and Puye Cliff Dwellings. Specifically, Chimney Rock includes exposure to heights and elevation gain. Puy Cliff has ladders, but there are alternatives. While staff members are available for assistance, you should be comfortable using your hands to steady yourself and be able to take steps higher than a standard staircase step to navigate around the boulders and bedrock. Anticipate some lengthy van rides when we move to new locations. The longest should be about two hours.
The elevation levels for this trip will range from 5,000 to 7,500 feet. We recommend ramping up your exercise regime prior to arrival or arriving a day or two early to acclimate, especially if coming from sea level. If you have any questions, please contact your physician.
Facilities will be available throughout the majority of this trip. There will be some long van rides where restroom stops will be provided.
This program includes visits to Pueblo communities. Each Pueblo operates under its own sovereign government and establishes its own rules for visitors. Guidelines will be provided to help you prepare for your journey. Please be respectful of any and all rules during visits to these Pueblos. The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center practices “visiting with respect” with each and every Pueblo, home, and family. There may be instances where you are invited in a Pueblo home. Know that these can range from very simple accommodations (i.e. toilet facilities may be an outhouse) to those with modern facilities. Alcohol is prohibited on tribal lands.
Should I get travel insurance?
Yes, we highly recommend that all of our program participants purchase some type of travel insurance to help you protect your purchase against any unforeseen circumstances. When you don’t purchase travel insurance, you risk losing your full deposit and any other payments that you have made toward the trip. Crow Canyon does not endorse any particular travel insurance agency, but we recommend visiting InsureMyTrip.com (link) as a starting point. At the least, Crow Canyon recommends purchasing cancellation, evacuation, and/or baggage insurance.
If I cancel, will I get my deposit back?
If you cancel before 90 days prior to the start of the program, you can get a refund equal to 50% of your deposit. Instead of a refund, you could transfer your deposit to another program through 2020 or turn your deposit into a tax-deductible donation. If you cancel after 90 days prior to the program, you forfeit all payments and your deposit.
Why is this trip for women only?
In the Pueblo world, there is knowledge that should not be shared between the sexes, therefore, this program is exclusively designed for women. We think it will provide the strongest connection between scholar and participant and we hope that you understand this decision.
Who should I reach out to with questions?
For further information on the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center’s Terms, Conditions, and Cancellation Policies please click here. You will find details on tuition, cancellations, travel insurance, accommodations, medical information, and more.