GATHERING OF NATIONS - April 2020
GATHERING OF NATIONS - April 2020
TOUR OVERVIEW - GATHERING OF NATIONS
The Gathering of Nations Trail leads us deep into Native America to appreciate the diverse cultures and landscapes of Southwestern tribal nations, including the Navajo (Dineh), the Pueblo peoples and their ancestors - the Anasazi/Ancient Puebloans.
Experience the transition, yet continuation, of Indian art from ancient petroglyphs to contemporary Native Art Galleries, and become a fleeting part of that circle that is living history as we weave through the awe inspiring beauty of the native nations on this Southwestern odyssey.
Gathering of Nations Powwow
Canyon De Chelly
Window Rock, Navajo Nation,
Hubbell Trading Post
On the Gathering of Nations trail you’ll never forget the moment you when you first saw the People dance - or felt the heartbeat of all Indian Nations – the drum . . . you'll never forget attending the biggest Powwow in Indian Country! We spend this day mingling with tribal members of Indian Nations who gather for this celebration from the four directions, marveling at the spectacular color and beauty of the Gathering of Nations Powwow and outstanding 'Indian Market' art fair and exhibit.
At Window Rock, capital of the Navajo Nation, we hear the Dine perspective and worldview in discussion with traditional Dine spokespeople. We discover the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ – Monument Valley - with Navajo guides, and journey through the Canyon de Chelly on foot or jeep. At the Hopi Mesas we walk back in time 1400 years as we witness the Old Ways of Hopitu – still lived by traditional Hopi people.
1 – Grand Canyon - A deeply sacred site to several tribes in this southwest region, including the Hopi, Zuni, Hualapai, and Havasupai.
2 – Hopi Mesas - Hopi culture is one of the oldest cultures on this continent and an enduring way of life.
3 – Monument Valley - Travel beyond the John Wayne facade through the sacred red rock desert lands of the Dine (Navajo)
4 – Canyon De Chelly - At Spider Rock (830ft) Spider Woman (Na'ashje'ii Asdzaa) spun her silken web and draped it to the ground.
5 – Hubbell Trading Post - Window Rock at the Navajo Nation.
6 – Zuni Pueblo - the traditional homeland called Halona Idiwan’a, or Middle Place.
7 - Gathering of Nations - experience the color, sounds, energy and love of the largest powwow on the continent.
General Tour Information
Where: New Mexico, Arizona
When: April 18-26, 2020
Tribes: Pueblo, Navajo, Hopi
In to Flagstaff, AZ April 18, and out of Albuquerque, NM (ABQ), April 26th. Following our published dates, you will be arriving the night previous to the start of the tour, with hotel accommodation INCLUDED in your price. This means you can book flights that suit you because whenever you arrive you will hop on the hotel shuttle from the airport. Same deal when you leave - you can chose your own departure time on the date noted above and will take the hotel shuttle to the airport.
NB. Some hotels will not allow you to book in until 4pm.
Most hotels will ask you to leave your room by 11 am, but may store bags for you if you have a late flight out of town.
Please do NOT book flights until your departure is confirmed.
This trip is based on single room accommodation with no single supplement. For sharing prices, please call +1. 307. 699. 6015
This trip is generally not a high activity tour, but all participants must be of reasonable fitness and be able to walk uneven
paths and to take short hikes.
What kind of spending money will I need?
Gathering of Nations is situated in a region where Native Art and jewelry is abundant. There will be opportunities to buy direct from artists at just about every stop, making this one of the hardest tours for us to advise you on what you might expect to spend. You will have chance to opt for a jeep ride in the Canyon De Chelly, and another ride into the off-limits area of Monument Valley - about $50-80 depending what you opt for), or you may choose museums and cultural centers (entrance fees usually around $10) over spending more time in Trading Posts. People often ask how much they should assign for food along the way, and a good rought guide is about $10 for breakfast (if needed - we usually use accommodations that include breakfast where possible) $12 for lunch and dinner can be anywhere from $15-30, and is entirely dependeent on your choices.
This will be sent to you upon payment of your balance. But thinking ahead, you will not need much 'stuff' to have a great time - we are informal - no dressing for dinner, nowhere 'posh' to go to - jeans, tees, a sweatshirt/sweater and a fleece work great.
Just don't forget your passport, your credit card, sun specs and sunscreen, phone (for the camera!) and charger.
In short, please only bring what you can carry easily yourself. The less luggage we carry, the better we protect the environment and we do not offer porterage.
Go Native America is deeply conscious of our responsibility toward Mother Earth and wherever possible we keep miles to a minimum, energy savings to the max. But you also have to do your part. Please read our policy on sustainable tourism here.
This also covers our Fair Trade Tribal Tourism mandate.
CAN I EXTEND THIS TOUR?
No, sorry - this tour is already an extensive trip and we cannot add days to the itinerary.
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