Pueblo Peoples and the Navajo:  Art and Culture of the American Desert Southwest with Jayne Yantz

Pueblo Peoples and the Navajo: Art and Culture of the American Desert Southwest with Jayne Yantz


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Join an art historian to explore the art and culture of the People of the Desert Southwest, including the Pueblo Dwellers and the Navajo. We will consider art, architecture, and religion, including a look at origin stories, which teach us how to live.

This seminar investigates Native American history, art, and culture of the Desert Southwest: The First Peoples of the Pueblos and the Navajo. We examine Pueblo architecture, including apartment-style complexes at Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon, climb a mesa top to see the amazing sun dagger which serves as a solar calendar and visit kivas, the sacred religious architecture of the Ancestral Pueblo People. We respectfully discuss the ritual, religion, and art of America’s First Peoples —including Zuni fetishes, Hopi Kachinas, and Navajo sandpainting used in healing ceremonies.

Led by art historian Jayne Yantz, who teaches courses on Native American Art, this interactive seminar will provide participants with a sampling of Native American art and culture from the Desert Southwest. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the traditional world view of the Pueblo and Navajo peoples, appreciate the difference between sacred and secular art, and develop a regard for a world where all life forms are interconnected.

Jayne Yantz completed graduate work in art history and anthropology before beginning a career in college teaching. She specializes in non-Western art and European Old Masters, has traveled extensively to see the works of art she teaches, and believes it is important to continue learning throughout life. Jayne has received continued recognition for teaching excellence, including the Teacher of the Year award from her college. She currently lives in the New Jersey Pinelands on a nature preserve.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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