Traditional Teachings Camp: Hands-On Fun for All Ages

April 17, 2017

Seasons of Growth

Bettina at work in our Resilience Garden

Here at the IPCC our Cultural Education Team is busy getting ready for our annual Traditional Teachings Camp! With sessions for both adults and kids, we invite everyone to join in the fun. Of course, these aren’t your average summer day camp: they’re an exploration of Pueblo culture unlike any other.

“Our Traditional Teachings Camp is perfect for people who have an interest in Native and Pueblo cultures,” says our Cultural Education Specialist Bettina Sandoval (Taos Pueblo). “Participants get a first-hand experience of what it takes to make crafts like pottery or weaving and learn about the art and history that comes from the Pueblos.”

Acoma Pueblo

Acoma Pueblo

Whether you’re young or young at heart, there’s a session for you! At the Traditional Teachings Camp for adults we’ll each paint our own pottery, practice traditional gardening, and bake bread and cookies in our outdoor horno ovens. Clayton Brascoupe of Tesuque Farms will present a workshop on Pueblo agriculture and seed saving, and Maria Lilly Salvador, a traditional potter from Acoma Pueblo, will lead a pottery-painting session in which everyone will have a chance to paint with natural pigments. The week even concludes with a field trip to Acoma Pueblo! Join us as we visit the Sky City Cultural Center and Haak’u Museum, take a guided tour of the Pueblo, and eat at their cafe.

“This is a great opportunity for adults to not only participate in the sort of fun summer day camp that’s normally reserved for kids, but to visit a Pueblo in person,” says Kevin Beltran (Zuni Pueblo), our Cultural Education Assistant. “The Traditional Teachings Camp has a really unique curriculum that offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Meanwhile, the Traditional Teachings Camp for kids follows on the heels of theTTC adult camp, kicking off right at the end of the school year. The curriculum is focused on Pueblo core values and will keep kids busy with multisensory projects like pottery-making, storytelling, weaving, and gardening. Friends and family are invited to celebrate campers’ accomplishments with a Feast Day Picnic on the last day, Friday, June 16. A limited number of scholarships are available for eligible participants in the children’s session of the camp. 

Sound like fun? Places are limited, so sign up today! Registration is open through May 12 for the adult camp and through May 19 for the kids’ camp.

Registration has closed for 2017. See you next year!

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