Understand and appreciate both the archaeology and history of the Puebloan cultures, including the contemporary peoples and their relationship and interactions with the larger society. This is a rare and wonderful opportunity to explore the Puebloan culture which is today extant in only a few places.
Provided by the Friendship Force club of New Mexico.
Live With a Local
- Try some local specialties including dishes made with green and/or red chili.
- See the area’s unique blending of three distinct cultures: Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo.
- Enjoy professional lectures given by an archeologist whose expertise is the complex cultures of the area.
- Visit Chaco Canyon Cultural Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and several other national monuments. New Mexico is home to 19 Native American pueblos, as well as part of the Navajo Nation, and two groups of Apache – Jicarilla and Mescalero.
- We will visit several archeological sites where we will attend lectures to learn about the history of each site.
- Take field trips to Acoma Pueblo, Chaco Canyon Cultural Park, Petroglyph National Monument, Bandelier National Monument, Salinas National Monument, Puye Cliff Dwellings and Taos Pueblo.
We gave them a true taste of New Mexico hospitality and they were well exposed to our native culture, a combination of Hispanic and Native American. We formed friendships and definitely broke down barriers to understanding. - Host from FF New Mexico, September 2015
Ancestral and Contemporary Puebloan Culture in New Mexico
15 Days / 14 Nights Program and Itinerary:
May 8, 2017 – May 21, 2017
Coordinator: Lenore Pardee and Judith Mead, FF New Mexico
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All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.
Lecture on Ancestral to Contemporary Pueblo cultures
Visit Indian Pueblo cultural center
Drive to Grants
En route, visit Acoma Contemporary Pueblo
Lecture at hotel in Grants on Chaco Canyon
Spend night in Grants at hotel
Visit Chaco Culture National Historic Park: Pueblo Bonito, Casa Rinconada, Chetro Ketl, Wijiji, accompanied by local lecturer
Box lunch at Chaco
Return to Grants to spend the night. (It is a two-hour drive over a bad road from Grants to Chaco. We plan to remain at Chaco until it closes at 5 pm)
Drive to Albuquerque
Lecture on Rock Art
Visit Petroglyph National Monument
Drive to Santa Fe
Visit Palace of the Governors and several museums dedicated to Indian culture
Spend the night in hotel in Santa Fe
Visit Bandolier National Monument and Tsankawi Ruins
Spend night in Santa Fe
Visit Puye ruins, Santa Clara and Taos Pueblos
Return to Albuquerque
Lectures by contemporary Pueblo leaders
Drive to Coronado State Monument, Jemez National Monument
Visit Jemez Pueblo
Visit Salinas National Monument: Abo, Quarai, Gran Quivera
Visit contemporary pueblos
Indian dances at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
$1800 USDPrice Includes: FFI and host fees, honoraria for speakers, four nights in hotels, entry fees to museums and archaeological sites, transportation, and all meals except six lunches and four dinners. There is a $750.00 advance payment due at the time of application, which will be returned in full if the ambassador is not accepted for the program.
Know before you go
- New Mexico is a large state and visiting Puebloan sites will require several long days on the road.
- Ambassadors will need to be able to walk at least a mile over sometimes uneven and rough terrain. We cannot accommodate any walking aids other than trekking poles.
- The exchange will take place the latter part of May, and temperatures will be warm, but not hot.
- There could be some rain.
- Hats for sun protection are a must.
- The altitude will be from 5000 to 6500 feet above sea level.
Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.