Arizona Pathfinders, a nonprofit volunteer group of the Arizona Historical Society, is conducting a five-day tour (Monday–Friday) from Sept 30 through Oct. 4, to the Colorado Plateau. Join us for an adventuresome tour to this region and meet Hopi and Navajo artisans and learn about their art and culture. This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase high quality arts and crafts directly from the artists who made them, at very reasonable prices. Travel is by luxury coach, and all fees and gratuities are included, except for lunch, dinner on day one, and breakfast on days two and three.
The cost is $1,295 per person for double occupancy. There will be a single supplement of $225 for a total of $1,520. Please contact Bob Stuart at 520-825-4239 or Mary and John Flynn at 520-579-7508 for further information.
Highlights of the trip:
Day one: Travel to Winslow, and check into the historic La Posada hotel. We will visit the Winslow Art Trust Museum in the repurposed La Posada train station, followed by dining in the Turquoise rom.
Day two: Travel to the Hopi Mesas and enjoy White Bear Arts and Crafts demonstrations, as well as a guided tour of Walpi, a third mesa village. Lunch will be prepared by Hopi women, from locally grown foods. Travel to Keams Canyon to meet artists at the McGee gallery. There will be demonstrations of pottery making, followed by dinner at Keams Canyon before returning to La Posta.
Day three: Travel to Ganado, AZ to tour the Hubbell trading post and Lorenzo Hubbell’s home. A box lunch will be offered at Ganado, before traveling onto to Chinle, AZ and checking into the Thunderbird lodge. Tour Canyon de Chelly by four-wheel drive vehicle, or tour the south rim by coach. Dinner will be at the Thunderbird lodge.
Day four: Travel to Todalena, NM, the center of Two Grey Hills Navajo rug weavers. There, guides will talk about Two Grey Hills textiles. At the Two Grey Hills trading post, there is a display of old jewelry, museum with Two Grey Hills rugs, an old pawn room, and Navajo merchandise for sale. The local ladies will prepare lunch. Then, we travel to Gallop, NM and check into the Best Western Inn.
Day five: On our return to Tucson, we will stop at the Richardson Pawn Shop and Trading Company. We will tour the pawn shop, and our guide will discuss the history of Navajo pawn. There will be more opportunities for shopping. We then travel to Holbrook, AZ for lunch. We return to Tucson through the beautiful Salt River Canyon.