Hopi is the longest thriving culture in North America. Old Oraibi is considered the "Oldest Continuously inhabited community in North America. History, the arts, Agritourism, Natural landscapes, petroglyphs & Southwest Loop Tours Can All be customized to the clients' interests. Ancient Pathways Tours is committed to sharing & educating Hopi with Knowledge & Experience. Unique Artwork & "CR8VLY SPEAKING"!!
An interpretive step-on guide, Bertram "Tsaava" Tsavadawa grew up in his family home on the plaza in the village of Old Oraibi and has been guiding tours of Hopi lands for over 15 years. Bertram, an authorized Hopi Guide and member of the Corn Clan, has provided tours for people from all over the world including researchers and anthropologists from museums and universities. Bertram shares the history of Hopi and insights into everyday Hopi lifeways.
Trips and experiences include a one-hour tour to Old Oraibi, three-hour tours include visits to view petroglyphs. There are six-hour full-day tours with lunch included and the Walpi village, First Mesa. Individualized tours are also available. Ancient Pathways has been featured in Conde' Nast travel magazine. He has also guided the likes of Getty Trust and the Santa Fe Archeological Society.
One of his reviewers wrote: "Had a great tour with Bertram Tsavadawa of Ancient Pathways Tours who had lots to say from the cosmic to the minute; he explained many Hopi beliefs along with how to use many of the plants we saw on our tour. He was generous with his time and very flexible. The massive wall of petroglyphs was especially wonderful but so was meeting some of his kith and kin in 3rd Mesa."
Bertram frequently customizes tours to meet the needs of travelers with special interests. Contact Bertram for information about custom touring.
Bertram is also an artisan creating traditional-style dolls (Katsin Tiihu) painted with earth pigment(s). Two-Dimensional artwork, including pen and ink drawings and colored pencil.
Nearby attractions include the Grand Canyon, Wuupatki Nat'l Monument, Homolovi State Park, Canyon De Chelly, Chaco Historical Heritage Site, Navajo Nat'l Monument, Antelope Canyon in Page.