Exploring the Native American Southwest:
A Study Tour to Albuquerque,
Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico

* Two-Week Program *

in Cooperation with the German American Institute, Tübingen, Germany, also known as the d.a.i. Tübingen

July 27 to August 11, 2019

Only in New Mexico, there are 19 “Pueblos”, Native American villages which are inhabited for about 1,000 years. We will visit four of them (Taos, Acoma, Jemez, Santa Ana) and you will find some of the answers to your questions about indigenous life in New Mexico on-site. This is, however, only one part of this study tour.
The visits of the ancient Chaco Canyon (UNESCO World Heritage Site), a central ceremonial site of all “Pueblo Indians”, of the Salina ruins and the Bandelier National Monument will give you an unforgettable impression of the early culture and architecture of the North-American indigenous Peoples.
Before we will go into the field, we will spend an academic day at the University of New Mexico and learn from indigenous professors and students about the history, politics, culture, the education system, the social life, and art of the Native-American population in New Mexico.
During the following days, we will have the opportunity to watch the juvenile court in session and talk to the judge in person, During a visit of the Native American Academy Albuquerque (NACA), a high school, you will learn about the education system from indigenous teachers and at the Plazita Institute, a grass root organization, you can find out about the holistic approach in community work from activists and social workers.
One day is dedicated to “Curanderismo”, traditional healing of the Americas. You will have the opportunity to take part in a Native American sweat lodge ceremony.
The high point of our trip are the ceremonial dances in the “pueblos”. Admire the sacred dances in the Jemez Pueblo and the legendary Corn Dance in the Santa Ana Pueblo and deepen your understanding of the spiritual world of the Pueblo Indians.
Visits of the oldest church in the US, the government building (Round House) in Santa De, an Open-Air Concert in the Botanical Gardens of Albuquerque, a visit of the world-famous opera in Santa Fe as well as short dips into the urban university world and the colonial “Old Towns” in Albuquerque and Santa Fe are also part of the program.
During our trip with the longest one span tramway in the world, you can breathe the fresh air and enjoy the unique view of Albuquerque and the breath-taking distances of the Southwestern landscape.

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The Historic Northern Mexico
and the Stunning Barranca del Cobre – Copper Canyon

* One-Week Program *

Dates Upon Request

The tour to Northern Mexico takes you to the most beautiful and enchanting colonial towns and you will find yourself in scenery that will remind you of movies and old images of Mexico. You will learn about the Native people of the Tarahumara and the Mayo tribe and hopefully try their tasty food, visit ancient sites such as Paquimé, a World Heritage Site, admire the Native art of pottery making on Mata Ortiz, a world famous and most progressive pottery production based on ancient methods. In El Fuerte, a picturesque colonial town, you will be taken back to the times of the conquistadores. From there you will take a boat down the river to the ancient Mayo Indian petroglyphs with drawings and symbols that will take you to a different world.  The breathtaking train ride through the beauty and majesty of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains will be in your memory forever!

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Previous programs in cooperation with the German-American Institute in Tübingen, also known as d.a.i. – Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut, Germany:

Summer 2016 Continuing Education Program for Teachers

Summer 2017 Continuing Education Program for Teachers