May 13th-19th, 2012
The Four Corners area of the Southwest is one of the most spectacular and interesting regions in the United States. At the common meeting point of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona, tributaries of the Colorado River carved intricate canyons through colorful, stratified sandstone.
Our base camp is located near Cove, Arizona on the east side of the Chuska Mountains, west of Shiprock, at a sheep ranch operated by the family of Harry Walters. Now semi-retired, Harry was Head of the Navaho Studies Department and Director of the Hatathli Museum at the Navaho Community College in Tsaile, Arizona. His family will be our hosts for the week. The Workshop and Base Camp will emphasize Native American Culture, Natural History, and Photography. We will spend the week exploring the surrounding desert and mountain canyons, hiking daily from our base camp and learning first hand about Native American prehistory and history, as well as Navaho culture today.
Trip A: October 7th-13th, 2012
Trip B: October 14th-20th, 2012
This year will be my twenty- fifth consecutive year of running Canyon de Chelly trips. In addition to my instruction in photography, our guides, their families and their friends will share their knowledge of Navajo culture and spirituality. This trip is suitable for hikers of moderate ability, photographers of all levels of experience, as well as for people interested in other art forms and in Native American culture. We will be camping out throughout the week, basing our camp in Canyon de Chelly, with a possible overnight camp in Canyon del Muerto as well. From these camps we wlll travel mostly on foot, carrying light day packs. Photographic instruction, Native American culture and natural history will all be integral parts of our observations and learning, and instruction will be informal.