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Explore the anthropology and art of Mexico during spring break

Posted October 31, 2011
By NWC News Desk

POWELL, Wyo. - Choosing a field study travel destination during spring break at Northwest College is kind of like spinning the arrow on a compass. Where in the world will it point? How about Mexico?

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Greg Smith and Assistant Professor of Art and Graphic Design Renee Tafoya will lead a March 9-17 excursion to Mexico. The three-credit preparatory class will meet from 3-3:50 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 18-March 7. Students will learn about places they’ll visit and talk about the logistics of traveling.

Those not interested in earning college credit may audit the course and are not required to attend preparatory classes.

The itinerary for the week-long adventure includes exploring the ancient civilization and Mesoamerican cultures of the Aztecs and Maya; sightseeing; visiting modern cities, museums, archaeological sites and parks; day trips to the dry high lands and tropical rainforest of the area and more.

Students of art history will examine the sculpture, pottery, paintings, and architecture of the Olmec, the Maya, and the ancient inhabitants of Teotihuacan, who disappeared before the Aztecs arrived in central Mexico. They’ll create hand-made travel journals comprised of various drawings and/or watercolors, sketches, collage elements, observations, notes and diary of events and experiences.

Cost of the trip is approximately $2,500 and includes airfare, ground transportation, hotels, most meals and entry fees to archaeological sites. Travelers are responsible for their own costs to cover tuition, room and board for the on-campus portion of the course, baggage and passport fees and personal purchases while in Mexico.

Space is limited to only 25 students and a $429 deposit is required by Wednesday, Nov. 16.

For more information or to make a reservation, email or call Greg Smith at 307-754-6131.