Gerald Lomaventema (Hopi) is an internationally known, multi-award winning silversmith. Mentored by Roy Talahaheftewa, Phil Naavasya, Duane Maktima and Steve LaRance, he utilizes traditional Hopi methods such as tufa casting and overlay. His one-of-a-kind, contemporary pieces are recognized around the world for their precision and beauty.
All accommodation reservations are made by Crow Canyon Archaeological Canyon as part of your program. Here is a sneak peek into where you will be staying throughout the trip:
DoubleTree by Hilton Flagstaff - Set just off ‘Old Route 66,’ the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Flagstaff offers a fantastic location near historic downtown Flagstaff and Northern Arizona University. Experience relaxed elegance, modern business and leisure amenities, spacious accommodations, and a signature DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie upon arrival when you stay at this friendly Flagstaff, Arizona, hotel.
Hopi Cultural Center The Hopi Cultural Center is in the heart of Hopi nation. It has become the center of the Hopi population and culture, and is one of the oldest, continuously inhabited settlements in the U.S. Stay overnight in their wonderful accommodations that reflect the culture of the area.
There is no experience required for this program. All tools will be provided to you and your scholar and guides will assist you in the creation of your jewelry. There is minimal hiking involved in the program. You should be comfortable with sitting for long periods of time while you work on your jewelry.
The elevation level for this trip is 7,000 feet. We recommend ramping up your exercise regime prior to arrival or arriving a day or two early to acclimate, especially if coming from sea level. If you have any questions, please contact your physician.
The workshop mostly takes place at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Arizona. Elements of this trip include visits to rural areas where traditional Hopi families could welcome you into their home. Homes can range from very simple accommodations (i.e. toilet facilities may be an outhouse) to those with modern facilities.
This program includes visits to Pueblo communities. Each Pueblo operates under its own sovereign government and establishes its own rules for visitors. Guidelines will be provided to help you prepare for your journey. Please be respectful of any and all rules during visits to these Pueblos. The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center practices “visiting with respect” with each and every Pueblo, home, and family. There may be instances where you are invited in a Pueblo home. Know that these can range from very simple accommodations (i.e. toilet facilities may be an outhouse) to those with modern facilities. Alcohol is prohibited on tribal lands.
Most of your time will be spent creating one or more pieces of jewelry. Everyone will work at his or her own pace and previous experience is not required for this program. You will be supplied with jewelry-making tools and materials for the workshop. You may choose to make more than one piece or create a larger piece, in this case additional materials (such as silver) may be purchased at additional costs. You will need to bring your own gemstones if you’d like to learn how to set them in your piece. We encourage you to bring any designs that you find inspiring.
Should I get travel insurance?
Yes, we highly recommend that all of our program participants purchase some type of travel insurance to help you protect your purchase against any unforeseen circumstances. When you don’t purchase travel insurance, you risk losing your full deposit and any other payments that you have made toward the trip. Crow Canyon does not endorse any particular travel insurance agency, but we recommend visiting InsureMyTrip.com (link) as a starting point. At the least, Crow Canyon recommends purchasing cancellation, evacuation, and/or baggage insurance.
If I cancel, will I get my deposit back?
If you cancel before 90 days prior to the start of the program, you can get a refund equal to 50% of your deposit. Instead of a refund, you could transfer your deposit to another program through 2020 or turn your deposit into a tax-deductible donation. If you cancel after 90 days prior to the program, you forfeit all payments and your deposit.
Who should I reach out to with questions?
For further information on the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center’s Terms, Conditions, and Cancellation Policies please click here. You will find information on tuition, cancellations, travel insurance, accommodations, medical information, and more.