Understanding Arizona's Ancient and Modern People
You will live, study and interact with a variety of cultures in the Southwest including those of Hispanic and Native American (primarily Hopi and Navajo) descent. This experience will explore issues such as land ownership, immigration and citizenship in the context of Arizona as a border state and a state where there are many Native American reservations. We will learn about the history, customs, language, arts, crops, food, and religious ceremonies of these ancient cultures that exist in the contemporary US.
Activities will include: spending time in Tuscon and Phoenix meeting with different groups and ministries involved in immigration and border issues; a visit to the US/Mexico border, including a service project in Mexico; volunteering at the Hopi Mission School that has a long-standing relationship with Bluffton University; exploring the natural beauty of the region by visiting Canyon de Chelly, the Grand Canyon and/or Sedona.
Dates: May 6 - 24, 2014
Program Fee: $1,800
Leader: Tig Intagliata
Passport Card required