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Early Spanish missionaries built adobe chapels and missions throughout Mexico, which at the time included Southern Arizona.  We’re on our way to Mission San Xavier del Bac, an amazing example of this architecture.  Once part of the chain of churches that stretched from northern Mexico to the western United States, this amazing structure is considered the “Sistine Chapel of North America” for the intricate paintings on the walls and ceiling.  It is still a Catholic parish serving the Tohono O’odham community for whom it was established in the late 1600’s.

We’re heading south past Tucson to San Xavier Mission to celebrate the 36th annual Wa:k Pow Wow, an exciting display of inter-tribal dancing, along with a wide selection of traditional Native American food, arts & crafts!  This colorful festival features Gourd Dancing, a Drum Contest, Team Dancing, Hoop Dance Contest and Two Step Contest.  The artwork is just spectacular, and we’ll see beautiful silver and beaded jewelry, and enjoy a delicious lunch on self, of traditional foods, such as fry bread, Indian tacos and red and green chili burros.  This annual Pow Wow is a total blast!  Make your reservations and come with us.

Depart: NW 8 a.m.  Phx 8:30 a.m. Mesa 9 a.m. R: 6 p.m.

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