Southwest Indian Art: Women of Wonder

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Visit with female artists from various Pueblos in the Southwest to learn about the role of women in Native American art

June 12–18, 2019

Meet the women of wonder: Native American women who have been creating beautiful and intricate designs for centuries. The Tanner family will lead you through an eye-opening and explorative journey of Kewa, Navajo, Zuni, Santa Clara, and Hopi tribes to meet these remarkable women artists. Learn about Native American art from where it’s been to where it’s going.The Tanner family will lead you through an eye-opening and explorative journey of Kewa, Navajo, Zuni, Santa Clara, and Hopi tribes to meet these incredible women. Learn about Native American art from where it’s been to where it’s going.


  • Travel with the Tanner family, experts on Southwest Indian Art, and get a behind-the-scenes tour of their gallery.
  • Have lunch with famous Zuni jeweler and seamstress, Bessie Vacit.
  • Meet with Native American artists in their homes and studios.

About the Southwest Indian Art Program

  1. Scholars
  2. Accommodations
  3. Is This Trip For You?
  4. FAQs
  5. Terms & Policies

Cindy and Joe Tanner Joe and Cindy Tanner are among the best-known American Indian art traders in the Southwest. Joe is a fourth-generation “old-school” trader and an authority on turquoise sources, history, and use. He and his wife, Cindy, have helped advance the careers of some of the most recognizable Southwest Indian artists.




Emerald Tanner Emerald Tanner is a fifth-generation trader and the daughter of Joe and Cindy Tanner. She loves cultivating relationships between collectors, artists, and colleagues. Emerald has offered education seminars on turquoise and contemporary American Indian jewelry for archaeological groups, museums, and collectors.

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:

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm - Surrounded by 25 acres of lavender fields, cottonwood trees, and lush formal gardens, this is one of the most picturesque historic properties in the southwest. Los Poblanos is bathed in natural beauty and is the ideal setting to relax amongst a working organic farm. Designed in 1932 by the Father of Santa Fe style, the inn features a mix of modern amenities with old-style charm. From custom furnishings and bath products made directly on the farm to locally sourced food, no detail has been spared.

Best Western Plus Gallup - Located in the Heart of Gallup, this hotel is the perfect location for exploring the city. It is located within walking distance to restaurants, shopping, and parks. Amenities include WiFi, complimentary breakfast, a gym, indoor pool, and more.

La Fonda on the Plaza - Step into the past and experience the splendor of the American Southwest at La Fonda on the Plaza, the only Santa Fe hotel situated on the historic Santa Fe Plaza. Experience the allure of old world charm at one of the best Santa Fe hotels, where tasteful, modern conveniences blend with the warmth of authentic New Mexican style. Vibrant decor and authentic New Mexican architecture intermingle with indulgent amenities including Wi-Fi, concierge services, free water, a complimentary business center and more.


This is a very mild program. No long hikes will be required. There will be a large amount of sitting as you attend presentations and talk with community members. Please consider your ability to sit for long periods of time when considering this program.


The elevation level for this trip is 7,000 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.

Remote Facilities?

Facilities and amenities will be available for the majority of the trip. Anticipate bus rides for up to two hours on some bumpy roads, with planned restroom stops along the way. You will be visiting some rural areas where the facilities may be limited.

Cultural Sensitivity?

Elements of this trip include visits to rural areas, where traditional American Indian families welcome us as guests into their homes. These homes can range from very simple accommodations (i.e. toilet facilities may be an outhouse) to those with fully modern facilities. Please know that we practice "visiting with respect" with each and every family, regardless of their provided amenities. 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.

Will I have the opportunity to shop?

Yes! We will be visiting with many artists in their studios and you are welcome to make purchases throughout the trip. Please be advised that some of the studios are cash only.

Who should I reach out to with questions?

Crow Canyon’s Cultural Explorations team works hard all year planning these incredible trips. If you have questions regarding the itinerary, accommodations, travel, etc., please reach out to Todd Kearns by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 970-564-4357. If you have questions about payments or invoices, please contact our Enrollment Specialists by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 800-422-8975, ext. 457.

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.

Tuition & Reservation

Single Tuition
  Member*: $4,110
  Nonmember: $4,235

Shared Tuition
  Member*: $3,495
  Nonmember: $3,620

Deposit (due at time of registration): $1,000
*If you are interested in becoming a Crow Canyon member, please contact our Enrollment Specialists.

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For more information:

Call: 800-422-8975, ext. 457
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