This field course is an experiential exploration of the early peoples of the present-day American Southwest. We will explore migration patterns and creation stories of peoples in the region and the interactions amongst the cultural groups up to the time of Euro-American contact. We will investigate aspects of culture including material culture (i.e. artistic rock paintings, and ancient baskets), language, spirituality, and subsistence systems and their resulting lifeways. The class will visit ancient sites such as Montezuma’s Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments, as well as several unnamed sites of cultural significance to Tohon O’odham, Mogollon, Hohokam, Puebloan and several distinct Athabascan groups. Simultaneously, we will manufacture material implements in the tradition of archaic and paleo southwestern peoples, including cordage, containers, packframes, baskets, firemaking tools, cutting edges, food procurement devices and preserved traditional foods and use these materials on field outings. These experiences will help students explore basic human subsistence and relationship with landscape that every culture, including modern cultures of the Southwest, must engage in.