The Friendship Force of Central Arizona is providing ambassadors with an opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of the traditions and ways of the most ancient and indomitable people of the American Southwest - people who were here long before the Europeans came. Experience their rich culture through personal meetings, family histories, native art demonstrations, ceremonies and stories. We will visit Hopi, Navajo, Pima, and Maricopa reservations with tribal guides. Tours include ancient ruins and modern communities, seeing both how things have changed and how they have stayed the same. You will become immersed in Native American dance, music, art and traditions. We include a Spanish mission and presidio to help explain the role the Spanish played in conquering the Southwest. On this tour, we will see life through Native American eyes. While experiencing vast and stunning landscapes, you will gain knowledge of and insight into issues important to American Indian life today, including how they survive, and sometimes thrive, despite European efforts to destroy their way of life both past and present.
Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force club of Central Arizona.
Live With a Local
- Ambassadors will explore Native American culture, art, and history from the native guides on the reservations, eat foods prepared by the people on the reservations, as well as interact with home-hosts while in the Phoenix area. Friendship Force of Central Arizona's goal is to present an authentic picture of the first Americans and Spanish influence.
- Observe the people making baskets, jewelry, rugs, and pottery.
- Listen to professional presenters on Native culture, yesterday and today.
- Code Talkers Museum
- See the canal system, developed by the Indians and still used today.
- Harvey Girl tours
- John Ford/John Wayne Museum of Westerns made in Monument Valley.
- Activities of a Spanish Presidio (fortress).
- White Dove of the Desert, an active Old Spanish Mission
A Walk Through History; Experience the Authentic American Indian and Spanish Culture of the Southwest
14 Days / 13 Nights Program and Itinerary:
October 1, 2018 – October 14, 2018
Coordinator: Jim and Catherine Trapp, FF Central Arizona
All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.
Day 1 - Phoenix
Ambassadors will be picked up at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and spend the day with their host family.
Day 2 - Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Orientation at Salt River Indian Community.
Outdoor lunch of Traditional Native Dishes.
Afternoon Tour of Salt River Community.
Demonstration of Native American art.
Evening Dinner with host family.
Day 3 - Phoenix
Tour of Desert Botanical Garden with a focus on desert survival.
Discussion on issues facing Native Americans today at Scottsdale Community College.
Small dinner parties.
Day 4 - Phoenix and Pueblo Grande
Tour of the Heard Art Museum with special information on the Indian Schools.
Afternoon Pueblo Grande archaeologist’s tour.
Evening to rest with host family to prepare to road trip.
Day 5 - Road Trip to Flagstaff
Walking tour of Wapatki ruins (about 1 mile).
Picnic lunch provided by host family at Sunset Crater.
One hour drive to Code Talkers Museum for a tour.
Special Native American dinner.
Overnight stay at hotel in Tuba City.
Day 6 - Road Trip
Breakfast at hotel in Tuba City.
Leave hotel for a 100-mile ride to Navajo Tribal Park.
Guided tour of Monument Valley, the location of many iconic John Wayne/John Ford westerns.
Continue drive through beautiful Monument Valley to hotel in Chinle.
Dinner at hotel in Chinle.
Day 7 - Road Trip
Breakfast at hotel in Chinle.
Four-hour guided tour of Canyon de Chelly, Native ruins.
Hubbell Trading Post. Weaving demonstration.
Drive to Window Rock Dinner.
Overnight at hotel in Window Rock.
Day 8 - Road Trip - Window Rock/Navajo Reservation
Leisure time in Window Rock.
Code Talkers Memorial and Navajo Cultural Center with presentation by the curator.
Drive to Hopi Reservation.
Dinner at Hopi Cultural Center.
Overnight at hotel at Hopi Cultural Center.
Day 9 - Road Trip - Hopi Reservation
Breakfast at Hopi.
All-day tour led by Hopi guide.
Overnight at Hopi.
Day 10 - Road Trip - Return to Phoenix
Leave Hopi Reservation.
Gourmet breakfast at La Posada.
Tour by a Harvey Girl of the restored Fred Harvey Hotel.
Return to Phoenix.
Dinner with host family.
Day 11 - Phoenix
Free day with host family.
Day 12 - Tucson
Leave for Tucson.
Visit Mission San Xavier.
Basket weaving demonstration.
Visit Presidio San Agustin.
Return to Phoenix.
Dinner with host family.
Day 13 - Phoenix/Salt River Indian Community
Farewell lunch at Salt River Tribal Community.
Day 14 - Ambassadors Depart
Ambassadors leave or arrange for a trip to the Grand Canyon.
$1800 USDPrice Includes: FFI and host fees, transportation, tours, admissions, most meals, all lodging (eight-night homestay and five nights on reservations or in hotels.) Price is based on double-occupancy.
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Know before you go
- Temperatures in early October can be hot, but are usually between 65-88°F.
- Mobility requirements: Arizona is a large state and visiting reservations will require several long days on the road. Ambassadors will need to be able to walk at least 2 miles over uneven and rough terrain. We can’t accommodate any walking aids other than trekking poles.
- Ambassadors interested in visiting the Grand Canyon before or after the planned Journey program can book their own tours. Depending on the tour company, overnight tours cost about $315 to $350 per person, hotel included. While one day trips are available, they are not recommended due to travel distances. However, they can be booked for about $155. Overnight tour can include a stay at a Grand Canyon lodge, with most meals included. Check www.southwesttours.com for additional information.
Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.