Anthropology Dept

Southwest Field Trip

The Southwest field trip begins with an introduction to some of the challenges affecting the Native American cultures of Arizona and New Mexico. This trip will take you to five Native American reservations, including the Navajo, Hopi, Havasupai, Zuni, and Acoma. The overall goal is to sensitize you to the contemporary issues facing Native Americans in general and those of the Southwest in particular. 

We’ll be discussing these issues face-to-face with tribal leaders in both formal and informal settings. The trip includes an 11-mile hike into the Grand Canyon, the home of the Havasupai, and a hike into Canyon de Chelly, located on the Navajo reservation. You will witness traditional ceremonies such as Kachina dances, visit ancient ruins, and participate is a sweat ceremony with the Havasupai. The trip ends with a home stay with an Acoma Pueblo family. 

The cost of this field trip is $3,088, which pays for 6 credits hours of tuition, round-trip airfare, a helicopter ride out of the Grand Canyon, van rentals, housing, food, a field manual, some entrance fees, and insurance. This is a great way to earn 6 credits and have an unforgettable learning experience. 

Financial aid, including scholarships, is available to you. If you’re interested in going on this trip, please contact the Rinker Center for International Programs