& Culture: March
Journey is the Destination!
return visit to Hopi features new adventures, an
extra day with the Hopi people and
includes a delightful final evening at Historic Hotel La
Posada, Mary Jane Colter's 1930's Fred Harvey
Hopi Arts & Culture
2015 is produced for
Group Comforts Reserving
friendly group is limited to just 19 guests. Enjoy our spacious
only two people per wide three-person seat in the three brand new vans. Now everyone
can savor Arizona's scenic vistas from their own window
seat. Come and enjoy!
program was previously available in 20013
Walpi, Arizona by T.J. Youvella, Coyote Clan of
Polacca, Arizona ©1997
in your mind soaring scarlet mesas, crowned by multi-story
adobe villages. The sky & clouds go on forever in a classic
Feast your eyes on the blue red and yellow corn,
grown in traditional gardens
scraped from the dry earth. And on Hopi silver.
Do the names Old Oraibi, Second Mesa,
Hotevilla, Shongopavi and Keams Canyon conjure other images of dancing
katsinas, pottery the colors of the earth and traditional Hopi overlaid silver with bold
designs in black?
for this enjoyable four-day journey to the Hopi Mesas
in northern Arizona with Mark Bahti,
author, scholar and second-generation Native American art dealer (Bahti's
Indian Arts in Tucson, Arizona and Santa Fe, New Mexico. http://www.bahti.com
this in your mind:
soaring scarlet mesas crowned
by ancient multi-story adobe villages. Listen to the wind rustling
through the rows of blue, red and yellow corn growing in traditional
gardens scraped from the dry earth. Do the names Old Oraibi, Hotevilla,
Shongopavi and Walpi conjure up images of dancing katsinas, pottery the
colors of the earth and overlay silver with stark yet flowing designs in
lives of Hopi people encompass all these things and more; even the
awesome beauty of the land in which they live. Theirs is a culture that
has endured change with impressive success for more than a millennium, a
tradition of values rooted in the land. Are you ready to venture back in
time to this storied and beautiful place?
exceptional journey into the captivating culture of the Hopi people is
guided by noted author, scholar and second-generation Indian art
dealer Mark Bahti and produced and hosted by Piet and Mary Van de Mark
of Baja’s Frontier Tours.
this unforgettable adventure, we will visit the mesas of the Colorado
Plateau in Northern Arizona to explore the land, ancient villages, shops
and homes; here, you will meet the Hopi People and learn directly from
them. Visit First Mesa’s iconic Walpi village, discover a vast and
ancient petroglyph site, savor traditional food in a Hopi home, learn
about Hopi farming methods (and their incredible seed diversity!), watch
world-class silversmiths, potters and katsina carvers at work, and much
gather on our first night in Scottsdale, AZ. Our journey north takes us
to the pine forests of Flagstaff and the Museum of Northern Arizona
before settling in at Hopi in the comfortable new Moenkopi Legacy
Inn, followed by three nights at the Hopi Cultural Center
the tour we’ll savor flavors of blue corn and chili, lamb stew and
piki bread, both in a traditional meal prepared especially for us at a
Hopi home, and as updated, contemporary restaurant options; more
familiar choices are available, as well.
final delicious evening, sample the creations of renowned chef John
Sharpe at the award-winning Turquoise Room at Mary Jane Colter’s
incomparable and historic La Posada, a 1930’s Fred
Harvey railroad inn, at Winslow, Arizona.
to just 19 participants, this tour features scenic, round-trip travel in
comfortable passenger vans (just 2 guests per spacious bench seat,
everyone enjoys their own window view), from either Tucson or
Scottsdale; deluxe group travel and trip cancellation insurance has been
purchased for each guest; six nights’ pleasant accommodations, some
meals and fascinating experiences to last a lifetime round out this
guests who choose to travel round-trip from Tucson will meet early
afternoon on March 22 at a central Tucson location (to be announced to
guests) for the drive to Scottsdale.
who choose Scottsdale will join us at our very comfortable Scottsdale
hotel this evening (lodging included); cost is the same. While those who
arrive late afternoon will be able to gather and get acquainted, there
is no formal program this evening. Round-trip travel back to the city
where you began is included. We expect to arrive back in Scottsdale
midday on March 28, and continue on to Tucson after lunch. The
Scottsdale hotel provides both airport shuttle and parking for guests.
enthusiasm for Indian arts, history
and culture is deep and contagious! As he grew up in Tucson, Mark
traveled the Southwest frequently with his father, Tom Bahti, from
whom he acquired his love for the people and the business of his
life. Mark will share his passions as we
journey through scenic Arizona. Noted Indian arts dealer, scholar
and prolific author, Mark's affable knowledge makes this trip one
of life's memorable learning experience for those intrigued by
Southwest Indian arts, history and culture.
Piet & Mary
Van de Mark
Piet founded Baja’s
Frontier Tours in Tucson in 1966. Before joining BFT
full-time, Mary directed the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's study
tours for 14 years. Piet & Mary offer Personalized Natural
and Cultural History learning vacations in the peninsula of
Baja California and other selected spots in the American
Call Mary &
Piet Van de Mark directly at Baja's Frontier Tours
(Tucson, Arizona) 520-887-2340
$2795 per person, double occupancy roundtrip from Tucson or Scottsdale,
Limited to 19 guests - Reserving Now
Travel and Trip Cancellation Insurance is included.
We are pleased to
bring you excellent comfort and enjoyment on this program.
Parts of Hopi
remote and cannot be visited, let alone fully appreciated, by motor coach.
We choose very comfortable new passenger vans, and limit the
participation so that only two guests will occupy each 3-person seat.
Everyone will enjoy
window seat views and spacious comfort.
This group is
limited to just 19 guests.
& Piet Van de Mark by phone:
Arts & Culture,
a custom program
for your group?
This is a
wonderful custom trip for your club, group,
institution or extended family and friends. Always personally escorted by Piet
Van de Mark. Please plan as far in advance
as possible; one or more years is most welcome. Call, write or email us to discuss options. (530)
887-2340 in Tucson, Arizona.
by James Swann
Frontier Tours LLC,
Tucson, Arizona 2000, 2007,2012 & 2014
January 19, 2015