This is NOT a date-specific tour. You can enquire for availability to fit guides into your existing schedule, or we can create a custom tour for you if you have multiple days to spend in Hopi (and Navajo) lands. M15288 also visits Yellowstone, Glacier, Spirit of the Canadian Rockies, Navajoland and Hawaii, ALL from Native American and indigenous perspectives.
Second Mesa is the base for this extraordinary and unique opportunity to spend time on the mesas and in the villages, accompanied by Hopi interpreters, learning about their cultures and history, through traditional and evolutionary arts - silver, kachina doll carving, basketry, music and song, and through Hopi cultural perspectives on agriculture, foods, traditional and contemporary tribal leadership and philosophy.
The ancient Hopi made a purposeful choice for The People’s place of dwelling in this Fourth World; arid, stark desert conditions with hardships and challenges that would ensure the Hopi have to become strong and retain the truly important things of life to thrive, or even survive on this terrain. To this day, as from their first arrival, the Hopi ‘dry farm,’ meaning they don’t irrigate – they are dependent on the winter snows and summer monsoon rains to bring moisture for the corn.
Agriculture is an act of faith for the Hopi that serves as a religious focus as well as an economic activity, and working plots provide crops unique to the Hopi diet in addition to reinforcing traditions and customs in each new generation, for as one Hopi gardener said, "This is not just about growing vegetables; it is about growing children." This journey offers a remarkable hands-on opportunity to learn Hopi agriculture as a practical enactment of the Sacred.
It is said that information and stories entrusted to each Hopi are more than enough to consider and meditate upon during a lifetime. Despite a plethora of books that routinely corrupt cultural ways beyond Hopi recognition, true preservation of the lifeway is attributed by traditional people to their ideology of passing ceremonial information to other clan members within the Kiva. The culture endures because no individual has access or responsibility for the entire sacred narrative and lifeway.
There are many choices for places to visit on the mesas and surrounding connected areas. Your guide can take you to: Second Mesa, Shongopovi village, Old Orabai, Taawa Canyon and the petroglyphs, Grand Canyon (place of the Hopi Emergence) Chaco Canyon, Wupatki, Monteverde Castle, visits to the homes/galleries of Hopi Artists, Hubbell Trading Post, Canyon De Chelly, Window Rock, Monument Valley and many other sites of Hopi, Anasazi and Navajo interest.
You can take a one day tour with a step-on guide, or we can do all the arrangements for a group of up to 18 on a two week journey. We are specialists in this area - we do it all. Please contact us for pricing.
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