Indigenous Landscapes: Photography Workshop

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Indigenous Landscapes: Photography Workshop 

September 20 - 25, 2020 

The ephemeral light of the desert Southwest calls to photographers and artists worldwide. Diné mother and daughter, Lapita Arviso and Tyana Arviso, join us from Cortez to guide a photographic journey through the remarkable canyon country of Bears Ears National Monument. Learn new techniques and elevate your imagery!The ephemeral light of the desert Southwest calls to photographers and artists worldwide. Photographers Lapita Arviso and her daughter, Tyana Arviso, join us from the Navajo Nation to guide a photographic journey through the remarkable canyon country of Bears Ears National Monument. Learn new techniques and elevate your imagery! 


  • Throughout the week you will be joined by interpretive rock art specialists and local models who will assist us with our projects.
  • Learn to shoot low-light landscapes in the Abajo Mountains, and photograph red-rock landscapes at sunset in the Valley of the Gods.
  • Learn to create a powerful body of work that tells a story about a unique cultural landscape through a variety of photography workshops taught along your journey.

Indigenous Landscapes: Photography Workshop

  1. Scholars
  2. Accommodations
  3. Is This Trip for You?
  4. Terms & Policies

travel_abroad Lapita Arviso (Diné) is a freelance photographer, based in southwest Colorado. She has been capturing the beauty of the surrounding region for more than 10 years. She has developed a distinct photographic style that draws viewers into the cultural landscape and acquaints them with the Southwest. While she photographs commercially for editorial pieces and advertisements, Lapita admits, “Landscape photography is where my heart truly lies. It has made me realize how beautiful the little things in life are. I'm thankful I am able to document the beauty Mother Nature shares.”

travel_abroad Tyana Arviso (Diné) is Lapita Arviso’s daughter and an accomplished artist, photographer, and videographer. Tyana brings artistic twists to her photography, illuminating her fine-art style, which evokes passion and fearless creation. When asked about her path, Tyana says, “I’ve always had this creative spark. Over the years, I’ve cultivated my creativity into something beyond my imagination. Through photography, I’ve had the opportunity to connect with an array of creatives and channel hardships into art. My art is an extension of who I am, and it is my way to promote self-healing.”

Our accommodations include a 3-star hotel (Holiday Inn Express, Cortez, CO) and a 3-star B&B inn (Stone Lizard Lodge, Blanding, UT). Stone Lizard is a remodeled boutique inn with individually decorated southwest-style bedrooms and private baths. We will conduct part of our workshop in a private family-room lodge that has a full kitchen. Most meals will be prepared for us by a Stone Lizard chef and will be served family-style.
What to Expect - Travel will take place at elevations of 5000 to 7000 feet, in the high desert landscapes in and around Bears Ears National Monument. We will hike short distances of no more than 1 mile per day in order to set up for photos. Most shoots take place at back-road locations, close to our vans. Expect to walk on uneven, rocky, and sandy surfaces, with some uphill walks to gain scenic views. If coming from sea level, you may wish to arrive early to acclimate to a high desert environment before starting this workshop. Although assistance will be given, you must be self-sufficient in carrying your personal photo gear. If you have any concerns about your physical ability, please consult your physician.

Cultural Sensitivity- We are traveling on ancestral tribal lands and in the presence of modern tribal people. Crow Canyon participants are expected to show respect for our tribal partners and support their traditional ways.

Archaeological Ethics
It is a violation of the Society for American Archaeology code of ethics for program participants to keep any artifacts or other cultural or paleontological remains from any archaeological site. It is against the law for participants to keep any such materials collected from state or federal land. It is our hope that you become site stewards and help us preserve our national heritage for future generations.

Size Limit- 12 participants (in order to provide a personalized workshop setting)

Personal equipment requirements: Digital camera with accessories, tripod, laptop computer with Photoshop or Lightroom software installed and operational.

Included Meals - All meals included. Note that a couple of meals are offered in “to go” to accommodate early morning or evening photography shoots.
For further information on the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center’s Terms, Conditions, and Cancellation Policies please click here. You will find details on tuition, cancellations, travel insurance, accommodations, medical information, and more.