Traditional Teachings Camp Promises Hands-on Fun for Kids & Adults Alike at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center


Published April 16, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE  — The Cultural Education Team at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) is gearing up to host their annual Traditional Teachings Camp this season, including separate sessions for both adults and children. These day camps offer participants from near and far the opportunity to learn about Pueblo culture through hands-on activities like gardening and pottery-painting led by experts representing diverse Pueblo communities. The adult session is open to participants ages 18+ the week of May 22-26, while children ages 6-12 have a two-week camp June 5-16, all on the IPCC’s campus at 2401 12th St NW, Albuquerque.

“Our Traditional Teachings Camp is perfect for people who have an interest in Native and Pueblo cultures,” says Bettina Sandoval (Taos Pueblo), IPCC’s Cultural Education Specialist. “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.”

Participants of the Traditional Teachings Camp for adults will paint their own pottery, practice traditional gardening, and bake bread and cookies in the IPCC’s 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 campers will paint their own pieces with natural pigments. Lunch is included and provides another learning opportunity, as campers will prepare their own meals from nutritious Native ingredients.

The adult camp’s one-week session will conclude on Friday, May 22 with a field trip to Acoma Pueblo, where the group will visit the Sky City Cultural Center and Haak’u Museum, take a guided tour of the Pueblo, and eat at their cafe. The costs of travel and admission are all included in the camp’s registration fee.

“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), Cultural Education Assistant. “The Traditional Teachings Camp has a really unique curriculum that offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Following on the heels of the adult camp, the IPCC will host the Traditional Teachings Camp for kids, which kicks off right at the end of the school year and lasts two weeks, June 5-16. 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.

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center will host the Traditional Teachings Camp for adults May 22-26 from 9am to 3pm daily, and the Traditional Teachings Camp for kids June 5-16 from 9am to 4pm weekdays, at 2401 12th St NW, Albuquerque. Registration is open online at IndianPueblo.org now through Friday, May 12 for adults, and through Friday, May 19 for children. The public can learn more and register to participate at indianpueblo.org/summer-camp.

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