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Women’s and Gender Studies

WGS 3360: Fieldwork in the Southwestern U.S.

Have you wanted to go somewhere so different? 

  • Meet people from another culture
  • See and experience nature and art so diverse and awe inspiring        
  • Be under the stars (where you can really see them)
  • Visit Southwestern Indian Pueblos and Dine’ (Navajo) Nation
  • Listen to a Native American activist and writer speak about Native American Spirituality and Creativity
  • Travel on Historic Route 66 on highways where you may be the only car!                     
  • Visit the chili capital of the World
  •  Savor delicious Mexican and American Indian food                
  • See more hand-made turquoise jewelry than you can imagine            
  • Attend American Indian dances                
  • Learn from Native American, Chicana, and other local Southwestern artists and writers who will teach you their crafts and let you try different art and writing forms                
  • Visit Pueblo cultural centers and amazing diverse landscapes             
  • See the magic of desert Eco-systems and unique animals                
  • Stay at a working ranch and hear story-telling by local ranching women and cowgirls
  • Stay in a unique historical hotel (filled with art and unique architecture) built to house the movie stars that acted in the Western films                
  • Hang out with fun folks                               
  • See amazing light and Endless Sky

Experience a land and people so rich in diversity that you will feel forever changed by this journey. 

7-10 day field trip to New Mexico (in May after graduation). We will meet once a week to prepare for the trip. The $1,800.00 fee will cover all of your expenses- including airfare, lodging, food, transportation, honorarium for artists, fees at pueblos, galleries, and nature preserves. The fee does not cover alcohol or souvenirs. 

The trip will be facilitated by: Gordene MacKenzie from Women’s and Gender Studies, Kevin Salemme from the Media Center; and Elena Ortiz a Native American storyteller, writer and activist from New Mexico. 

For more information contact: mackenzieg@merrimack.edu