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Native America: Archaeology & Anthropology in the West

September 18, 2021

Join us on an American adventure, from the plains of North Dakota to the pueblos of New Mexico, as we explore Native American archaeological and historical sites as well as expansive National Parks. Experience this part of the country in a different way, gaining new perspectives and learning about the histories of indigenous peoples, in the company of AIA lecturer and host María Nieves Zedeño, a North American archaeologist, plus local guides and your tour manager.

* Gain first-hand knowledge from members of Native American tribes who meet with us at their cultural centers and historic sites.
* Travel and learn with your AIA lecturer and host, María Nieves Zedeño, an expert in northern Plains archaeology who has worked collaboratively with many Native American tribes across North America.
* Explore the cultural histories and landscapes of seven National Parks:
* Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, North Dakota, where we learn about the history and culture of the Hidatsa people and see the remains of the Awatixa Xi’e Village and the Awatixa Village;
* Badlands and Wind Cave National Parks, South Dakota;
* Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, which contains some of the oldest-known archaeological sites in the U.S.; and Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the Ancestral Pueblo people lived from A.D. 600 to 1300, in Colorado;
* Chaco Culture National Historic Park (a.k.a. Chaco Canyon) and Aztec Ruins National Monument, together a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and Pecos National Historical Park, where we visit the ruins of Pecos Pueblo; in New Mexico.
* Visit Standing Rock Reservation, home to the Lakota and Dakota people, where we visit the original burial site of Sitting Bull; and also pay our respects at the infamous site of the 1890 Massacre of Wounded Knee.
* Go off-the-beaten-path to Huff Indian Village State Historic Site, a classic prehistoric Mandan settlement dating to about A.D. 1450; and Chimney Rock, an archaeological site where we see the excavated Great Kiva (circular ceremonial chamber), pit house, and several other unexcavated structures.
* Follow the hiking loop in the Tsankawi (Ancestral Pueblo village) section of Bandelier National Monument to the Tyuonyi pueblo, Talus House, and Long House cliff dwellings, viewing petroglyphs along the way.
* Travel in a small group of no more than 12 guests.

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September 18, 2021
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