of the Tarahumara
Not offered since 2010
Thank you all for
making this program so successful and enjoyable!
with Barney T. Burns, Ph.D. to benefit
motor coach rolling classroom roundtrip from Tucson, Arizona. Enjoy that amazing
Train ride up to Barranca del Cobre!
Our first Copper Canyon tour
with Barney in 2004 filled up quickly. The next, in 2007, filled in 2006.
So, please don't delay your decision to join this
spectacular learning experience
call and let us help you with any questions so you don't miss this
Please call for your
brochure. Plan ahead and enjoy the anticipation!
Call or email Piet & Mary today for
information at 520-887-2340 in Tucson.
This is a truly unique learning vacation. Don’t miss it!
use the word unique for two specific reasons: there is no other trip
like this one, and we do not expect to offer this again for some
this program is of interest, this is not the occasion to say "We'll
go next time."
Copper Canyon in
Mexico’s northern Sierra Madre is known for its vast breathtaking beauty,
rugged canyons, and impressive world-class railroad and for the people who call it home, the
You may have been to Copper Canyon before, but you don’t know the
place and its people until you’ve traveled there with Dr. Barney T. Burns, who
has worked and traded with the Tarahumara for nearly 40 years.
|This unique learning
vacation begins in Tucson as we board our rolling classroom, a luxurious U.S.
motor coach, to travel the scenic route between Tucson and the colonial village
of El Fuerte, Sinaloa, founded in 1564. We’ll overnight right on the Sea of
Cortez at San Carlos, Sonora. We’ll travel into Copper Canyon by the most
dramatic rail journey in the Western hemisphere! Then we’ll overnight
right at canyon’s edge at Divisadero.
Enjoy three nights at Creel, where
we’ll venture out to Tarahumara villages and view, learn and discuss Native Seeds/SEARCH
projects and Tarahumara culture. Our motor coach will meet us again at Creel and
continue with more adventures en route to Tucson along the east side of the
Sierra Madre, via Casas Grandes, Chihuahua.
|Barney will discuss
the Tarahumara culture in detail, plus the Yaqui, Mayo, Mennonite and Mormon
people and Casas Grandes archaeology as we pass through Sonora, Sinaloa and
You will be amazed by Barney’s knowledge of Apache history in
Mexico! Short walks on uneven ground in villages; no hiking required.
What sets this program
apart is the quality of your learning experience and the knowledge and
affability of our leaders and interpreters, not to mention our guests!
now; in past years, this trip has filled in advance. Call Mary & Piet at Baja’s Frontier Tours
in Tucson (520-887-2340) for your detailed brochure today.
|The cost of the 2010 program is $3395 per person, double
occupancy, including a $500 donation to NS/S. A limited number of single supplement/private rooms
are available at an additional $655. Missed the 2007 trip? Don’t miss
this...it's the last one for quite some time!
may have been to Copper Canyon before, but you don't know the place and
its people until you've traveled there with Dr. Barney Burns,
founder of Native Seeds/SEARCH, who's worked and traded with the Tarahumara
for four decades.
Barney T. Burns &
|About Barney & Mahina...In
1983, they and two others founded Native Seeds/SEARCH in Tucson. Barney began his work
with the Tarahumara in 1969 and with the Mayo and Yaqui in 1973.
A decade later,
Mahina joined Barney in expanding their importing of native crafts from these
The purpose of Unknown Mexico, their wholesale folk art import business, is
to express their passion for real-time cultural anthropology in ways that keep
families and culture intact.
|They work diligently to preserve the crafts and culture of the native peoples of
Northwestern Mexico by creating a market in the U.S.
This, in turn, offers these
people the opportunity to continue traditional paths of life, supporting
themselves and their families in a small, though familiar way, with a source of cash income to
supplement their subsistence agriculture, which provides no cash income. NS/S
supports the farming.
up in Toledo, Ohio, graduated from Antioch College and came to Tucson in 1974.
She is a singer and songwriter.
| Barney grew up in Carlsbad, NM, studied at
the University of Arizona, ultimately earning his Ph.D. in anthropology.
He’s published on the Mormon
colonization of northern Sonora, collected tree ring samples and documented old
growth forest in Sonora and Chihuahua, and for 29 years assisted Neil Goodwin in
the amazing ongoing study of the occupation of Sonora and Chihuahua by wild or
free Chiricahua Apaches following the surrender of Geronimo.
For a good read,
check out Goodwin's Apache Diaries.
This unique learning vacation is offered this one
only. Don’t miss it!
for the detailed brochure for a day-by-day itinerary...
Roundtrip transportation in comfortable air-conditioned motor coach from
Tucson (train and local transportation in Copper Canyon area); 8 hotel
overnights; 13 of 25 meals; personally escorted by Barney T. Burns & Mahina
Drees and Piet &
Mary Van de Mark.
of the 2010 program:
nights comfortable hotel accommodations.
Travel to & from Tucson in
luxury U.S. motor coach....our Rolling Classroom!
That world-famous train ride from
tropical thorn scrub to high sierras, plus all local transportation in
q 13 of
25 selected and very
enjoyable meals are included.
q Lots of
knowledge, sightseeing and fun throughout, all in the context of BFT's informal
q Thrill to
one of the World’s Greatest Train Rides...more tunnels and trestles than
you can count or photograph!
Yaqui and Mayo cultural anthropology from the scholar who knows it best.
Mormon, Mennonite and some amazing Apache history in Chihuahua.
tour of Paquimé and museum at Casas Grandes, Chihuahua.
shopping for quality folk arts
& crafts from the Tarahumara and other artists.
throughout from Barney T. Burns, Mahina Drees and other local interpreters.
and operated by Mary & Piet Van de Mark of Baja's Frontier Tours.
non-profit Native Seeds/SEARCH with your included $500 donation.
conserves, distributes and documents the adapted and diverse varieties of
agricultural seeds, their wild relatives and the role these seeds play in
cultures of the American Southwest and Mexico. NS/S celebrates their 27th
Anniversary in 2010! www.nativeseeds.org
|Piet & Mary
Van de Mark will personally produce and operate your
tour. They are life members of Native Seeds/SEARCH. Piet founded Baja’s
Frontier Tours in Tucson in 1966. Before joining BFT, Mary produced the
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's study tours for 14 years. BFT offers Personalized
Natural and Cultural History learning vacations in Baja California and other
selected spots in Mexico, plus a variety of handcrafted programs in Arizona and the American Southwest.
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Contact Piet & Mary Van de Mark by phone:
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Frontier Tours LLC Tucson & Portal, Arizona 2003
March 11, 2017