For the first time, we are inviting anyone to come along on the most popular part of our semester design program – our field trips! What’s the catch? This road trip is two weeks long instead of a 15-week semester and hotel beds substitute for sleeping bags. You’ll travel by van to see examples of the past, present and future of sustainability, taking in beautiful landscapes, unique cultures and visions for the future. Your guide for this road trip is our resident expert: Ecosa Founder, teacher, artist and architect – Tony Brown.
Read about the first four stops here . . .
ANCIENT WISDOM: The Sacred Place of Water
The Hopi are believed to be descendants of the ancient Pueblo because the Hopi make their homes in villages, just as the Pueblo did. A shortened version of “the Peaceful People,” the Hopi name embodies the cultural concept of peace, civility, spirituality and respect for all things. Their belief in keeping harmony with nature led them to honor the sacred place of water in their culture. Learn about this struggle to keep water safe as you speak with Hopi Elders face to face, and see how their many symbols for water manifest in jewelry, artifacts, rituals and dance. Stay two nights at the Hopi Cultural Center.
HOPI TUTSKWA PERMACULTURE PROJECT: Out of desert sands come corn, beans, squash and melons
Put your hands in a Hopi high-desert garden and feel a part of something much bigger than yourself. The Hopi are long-time indigenous farmers who have cultivated their crops as a life way in accordance with spiritual laws. Permaculture methods have enabled the Hopi to grow additional crops, become more self-sufficient and secure a sustainable food source. But food production is not the only way that the Hopi care for their youth and their communities. You’ll witness intergenerational projects that use hands-on activities to pass on the knowledge of traditional and alternative building, hunting, fishing and foraging and use of fibers, medicines and ceremonial pieces. This is sustainable culture up-close and personal.
WUPATKI AND WUKOKI: A Volcano, Pueblos and Resiliency
Descend 2,000 feet from the pine and fir trees atop the dormant Sunset Crater volcano to the pit houses of Wupatki (pictured above) and Wukoki. Experience climate change and its effects first-hand as you walk among the cinders and lava flows and understand how this natural disaster disrupted and displaced residents below. The resiliency of the ancient Indian people can be seen in the resiliency of the homes they built in 12th and 13th centuries on high mesas or narrow canyon walls. Bring out your inner anthropologist as you walk among pueblo (village) ruins – some had more than 100 rooms! – and marvel at the million dollar views that alerted them to the approach of enemies and travelers alike.
CAMERON TRADING POST: Trade Between the Navajo and Hopi
Explore how building a bridge brought the Navajo and Hopi cultures close up and personal when you visit the Cameron Trading Post. First established as a trading post where Navajo and Hopi tribes bartered wool, blankets and handmade crafts for dry goods, the post today attracts visitors from all over the world on their way to the Grand Canyon. Study the history and shop for a wide variety of artisan Native American crafts.
See full Road Trip details and itinerary here.
We’ll be sharing more about the next stops on our Road Trip in upcoming blogs . . . . Prescott, Arcosanti, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson.