People who want insights into the history of the American Southwest — everything from the religion and spirituality of the Pueblos and other indigenous peoples, to Spanish colonial settlements and culture, to the role of the wild mustang — can broaden their minds starting in early January with History of the American Southwest, Part 2, with local historian Bill Hottell.
“What’s interesting about New Mexico and Arizona is you have three very different cultures, art forms, languages, and religious traditions living harmoniously — and unharmoniously,” said Hottell.
Hottell, a retired high school history teacher and lifelong learner and traveler, regularly offers history classes to the community. Students do not have to have taken Part 1 of his Southwestern history class to enroll in Part 2.
Hottell often follows up his classes with a trip to the area, and this time is no different. He is leading a trip to New Mexico and Arizona from April 25 to May 5, 2019. The trip will be a repeat of a trip he led to the region in the fall. Participants will visit half a dozen pueblos as well as Spanish colonial sites.
The weekly class starts Wednesday, Jan. 9, and runs through mid-March. Classes are held at the Methow Valley United Methodist Church from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Suggested tuition is $50. No advance registration is necessary for the class. For more information or to sign up, call Hottell at 997-6655.