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Summer 'Edventures' in Southwest Native American lands

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A Navajo guide talks with Edventure participants in Canyon de Chelly.

Courtesy photo<br> A Navajo guide talks with Edventure participants in Canyon de Chelly.

Yavapai College's "Edventures" is offering rare opportunities to meet the native peoples of the American Southwest (Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, Apache) on their beautiful lands in a uniquely personal way.

Participants will learn directly from them in their villages, homes, studios, ceremonial and ancient places.

These separate but related trips are organized and led by LouVina Maho, a traditionally raised Hopi from Walpi on First Mesa as well as a counselor and instructor at Yavapai College; and David Brandstein, a professor of cultural anthropology and Native American studies at Northern Arizona University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Yavapai College.

Yavapai College Edventures are educational field trips for adult students ranging from one-day local excursions to week-long journeys throughout the Southwest and Mexico. Experienced guides accompany small groups and interpret the natural and cultural history of the locale. Tuition includes all transportation, lodging and fees.

• July 18-19, 2009 - An Insider's Tour of Hopi.

Organized and led by LouVina Maho, a traditionally raised Hopi from Walpi, one of the oldest villages in North America, this is a unique opportunity to visit the Hopi Mesas. Meet the people in their homes, cultural centers and galleries for art demonstrations, lectures and discussions. Attend a Kachina ceremony, explore ancient sites, and enjoy a tour of Maho's Walpi village and a traditional meal at her home. $349 includes transportation, lodging, guides, entrance fees and some meals.

• July 31-Aug. 2, 2009 - The Navajo Between Sacred Mountains.

Explore Canyon de Chelly, the heartland of Navajo beauty, with native guides. Visit Ganado and Hubbell's Trading Post. Meet the Dine in their homes and studios to learn about their life-ways, stories, history and contemporary issues. $579 includes transportation, lodging, guides, permit fees.

• August 14-16: The White Mountain Apache: A Sunrise Ceremony and More.

Attend a traditional coming-of-age ceremony in honor of a girl becoming an Apache woman on their reservation in the beautiful White Mountains. Learn about their history and life-ways. Includes visits to historical Fort Apache (a cultural center/museum and a reconstructed traditional village), ancient ruins, Geronimo's Cave, and more. $579 includes transportation, lodging, guides, permit fees.

For more information contact Edventures at 717-7755, send an e-mail to edventures@yc.edu or visit www.yc.edu/edv online.