Eastern’s Native American Cultural Study program visited Arizona in 2007 to explore and experience Navajo, Hopi, and Yavapai cultures. The study group visited reservations, sacred sites, national historic monuments, historic trading posts, missions, museums, cultural centers, and archaeological sites.
They also went to Diné College on the Navajo reservation in Tsaile to study the Navajo language, and spent time on a Hopi reservation at one of the few elementary schools in the area. “All of these sites are expressions of historical and contemporary Indian identity,” said Christine McDonnell, sociology lecturer and the tour coordinator. “While we were learning about these new people and sharing new experiences, those indigenous peoples were learning about Eastern Connecticut State University and our enthusiasm for other cultures, which is at the heart of anthropology.”