Museum Hill Community Day @ Wheelwright Museum
September 22 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
SCHEDULE OF EVENT
10:00 AM – Jemez Pueblo Seasonal Dance Group (Terrace)
10:30 AM – Caring for Your Art at Home Workshop (Classroom)
12:00 PM – Jemez Pueblo Seasonal Dance Group (Terrace)
12:30 PM – Caring for Your Art at Home Workshop (Classroom)
1:00 PM – Storytelling with Emmett Shkeme Garcia, Santa Ana Pueblo (In Library)
2:30 PM – Caring for Your Art at Home Workshop (Classroom)
3:00 PM – Storytelling with Emmett Shkeme Garcia, Santa Ana Pueblo (In Library)
- Food Truck: Taqueria Gracias Madre
- Limited edition coloring sheets by Rose B. Simpson and Bob Haozous
- Map Activity
Jemez Pueblo Seasonal Dance Group
The dance group is comprised of members from both Jemez and Zuni Pueblo’s, and is under the leadership of Lawrence Toya. Toya formed the group in 1990 to encourage and support the cultures and languages of Jemez and Zuni. Aside from participating in Tribal obligations throughout the year, the group also sing and dance at many functions throughout the United States.
Dances include: The Buffalo Dance, Corn Dance, Rainbow Dance and the Eagle Dance. “The songs and dances represent our seasons throughout the year. The Winter season is represented in our Buffalo Dance – a celebration dance for a successful hunt. The Spring Season is represented in our Corn Dance – a prayer dance for a successful crop. The summer season is represented in our Rainbow Dance – a prayer dance for moisture. The Fall season is represented in our Eagle Dance – a dance for harvest and greatness for what mother nature has grown for us. We ask the eagle to take our prayers to the outer most stratospheres to ask the creator for many more cycles of this way of life.”
Emmett “Shkeme” Garcia, Santa Ana (Children’s Book Author/Storyteller)
Emmett “Shkeme” Garcia remembers how storytelling inspired him as a child. He listened to his elders share stories about their youth, crops, livestock, visiting other tribes, Native American feast days and other celebrations. He remembers learning about a “traveling” storyteller who would journey through the New Mexico Pueblo communities. When people would “hear” that the storyteller was coming, families would do their best to entice the storyteller to visit their homes. Children, elders, and relatives, would sit in a common area, snack on dried fruit or pinions, listening as they went on a journey through the storyteller’s voice.
“Nowadays, our communities rarely experience storytelling.” In efforts to support and revive this tradition, Garcia hopes to inspire students, teachers, and parents through learning the art of storytelling, reading, writing, and becoming authors. His method of animated storytelling features both traditional and modern day references, which make for a lighthearted, and often humorous presentation for all age audiences.