Join your fellow Princetonians on a journey into the Great American Southwest and embark on an exhilarating exploration of some of the region's most important archeological sites and diverse communities. The vast, empty landscapes of the Southwest, of famous appeal to photographers and artists, have been a particular interest to our study leader, Princeton Professor of History, Martha (Marni) A. Sandweiss. Co-editor of the Oxford History of the American West, Professor Sandweiss will introduce our travelers to the rich history and exciting hidden gems of the land she considers home.
Our journey begins in Albuquerque and ends in Santa Fe offering an unrivaled glimpse into Native American culture. Explore the traditional Navajo way of life at the Acoma Pueblo which dates back to the 12th century. Drive through the desert to Canyon de Chelly, the second largest canyon in the United States, and one of the country's great cultural monuments. Visit Shiprock, the impressive rock formation which rises 1,500 feet above the high-desert plain and plays a significant role in the religion, myths and tradition of the Navajo Nation. Hike through Chaco Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and home to the densest concentration of pueblos in the American Southwest. Experience a vital and vibrant expression of Native culture at the Santa Ana Pueblo Dances. Along the way meet with local Native American alumni and hear their personal tales of life, scholarship and resilience.
About the Study Leader
Martha A. Sandweiss is a historian of the United States, with particular interests in the history of the American West, visual culture and public history.
Sandweiss is the author or editor of numerous books on American history and photography. Her publications include Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception across the Color Line (2009), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History and the National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography, and Print the Legend: Photography and the American West (2002), winner of the Organization of American Historians' Ray Allen Billington Award for the best book in American frontier history and the William P. Clements Award. Her other works include Laura Gilpin: An Enduring Grace (1986), winner of the George Wittenborn Award for outstanding art book, and the co-edited volume The Oxford History of the American West (1994), winner of the Western Heritage Award and the Caughey Western History Association prize for the outstanding book in western history.
At Princeton, Sandweiss teaches courses on the history of the American West and on narrative writing, and currently heads a research project on Princeton and Slavery. She serves as faculty adviser to graduate student groups working in the fields of public history and Native American Studies.