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Dordt College tour group will show why New Mexico is truly the “land of enchantment”

January 23, 2012

“New Mexico’s dream-like landscape, dusk till dawn, suggests an ingrained mysticism. It is a land whose beauty, in so many ways, cannot be compared to any other landscape. Its earth-born tans and oranges are unlike any other space in North America. Its history and cultures go back farther and deeper than anything Anglo,” writes Dr. James C. Schaap of his experiences in New Mexico.

Dordt College is sponsoring a trip from May 31 to June 7, 2012, to New Mexico, the “land of enchantment.” Tour guides for this adventure are English Professor Dr. James C. Schaap and Environmental Studies Professor Dr. Robert De Haan, along with special events coordinator Dianne De Wit. With Schaap’s unique storytelling ability and De Haan’s knowledge of the creation, the trip promises to be captivating and insightful.

The tour will take participants to Acaoma Pueblo, one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities within the United States; Grants, N.M., the north end of the large and recent lava field known as “El Malpais;” El Morro National Monument; and Rehoboth, a reservation known within the Christian Reformed denomination for the church’s work with the Navajo and Zuni people.

The group will meet and depart together from Albuquerque, N.M., although those who would like to travel by bus from Sioux Center to Albuquerque can do so for an additional fee. 

“The stories of ancient Zuni people and the story of the Navajo are stories worth telling and remembering,” Schaap writes. Read more of Schaap’s reflections on New Mexico’s rich history and find details and registration information at

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