The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s Traditional Teachings Camp is the perfect summer activity for the budding artist, storyteller, nature lover, or adventurer in your family. Children enjoy hands-on workshops in printmaking, pottery, and painting led by renowned Native artists and cook their own Pueblo-inspired cuisine. They also try their hand at gardening in our Resilience Garden, witness traditional Native dances, and learn about our famed art collection from our expert museum team. Through an exciting schedule of interactive activities, campers learn the value of tradition, respect, community, and environmental stewardship, all while making friends and having fun.
Our activities in the IPCC’s Resilience Garden will include learning about the life of a seed and what life needs to grow. We’ll discuss such subjects as the importance of pollinators and then create a few of the pollinators out of corn husks. Many lessons will be about patterns and connecting to nature by recording its various patterns. A scavenger hunt will encourage participants to explore the garden by looking for certain items, as well as colors, shapes, and patterns. They will learn about the story of corn and its importance in Pueblo communities. The garden experience will conclude with participants working together to build an adobe bench, as well as a small wall for our outdoor ovens.
We’ll begin camp by getting to know one another through shared activities. Campers will discuss diversity and the importance of core values. Together we’ll appreciate that we form a small community for the two weeks of camp.
Activities this week will include experiments with clay in which every camper sculpts, paints, and glazes a functional piece of pottery. We’ll discuss symbolism so students can see not just colors and lines but actually find stories in imagery. Students will create collages with their favorite designs and patterns, telling stories through symbolism while learning to work with natural pigments.
A storytelling project focused on Pueblo oral traditions will take us through the museum’s newest temporary exhibit, “Long Ago…” We’ll then explore different types of storytelling, including film, photography, graphic novels, writing, live theater, and puppet plays. Campers’ friends and family are invited to experience our storytelling at our end-of-camp feast day.
In the second week we will shift to a focus on natural resources, agriculture, and history. Participants will learn about weaving using natural resources like yucca, corn husks, and willow branches. We will dye our own string using natural plants and vegetables. Then they will learn different weaving techniques to create patterns and different shapes with their very own looms.
Students will also learn about the foods that are native to this region, as well as the many plants, animals, and products that were introduced at different points in history. They will create timelines, learn about the different dishes that came to exist at different times, and create information cards for each of the dishes that we will serve for our feast day lunch.