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October 9th Student Activity

Hi Everyone,

Join us October 9th from 4:30-5:30 pm at Lobo Lodge (Native American Museum in Classroom 27, located at Lobo Elementary School, 200 Avenida Vista Montana, San Clemente, 92672).

Mrs. Rendon and Mrs. Phillips, Teachers will read, Arrow to the Sun, by Gerald McDermott. With vibrant colors and bold geometric forms, Gerald McDermott brilliantly captures the stylized look of Pueblo Indian art in this Caldecott Award-winning retelling of an ancient legend. A young boy searches for his father, but before he can claim his heritage he must first prove his worthiness by passing through the four ceremonial chambers: the kiva of lions, the kiva of snakes, the kiva of bees, and the kiva of lightning. Striking in its simplicity and grace, Arrow to the Sun vividly evokes the Native American reverence for the source of all life—the Solar Fire.

We will also be creating two Pueblo-style crafts, clay pots and God’s Eyes (Ojos de Dios).
The Pueblo Indians of New Mexico have been living in the upper region of the Rio Grande River for more than 600 years. During that time, their way of life has been challenged many times, but they have managed to maintain their most basic beliefs and traditions. The area where the Pueblo Indians live is hot and dry. Their ancestors made pots in which to collect and store water. The people of the Santa Clara Pueblo have the same word for clay and for people, nung, because they believe that the first people emerged from Mother Earth. We will also be making clay pots and decorating them using the designs in Arrow to the Sun as inspiration.

A God's eye or Ojos de Dios are common in the Pueblos of New Mexico. It is a spiritual and votive object made by weaving a design out of yarn upon a wooden cross. Often several colors are used.  The spiritual eye of the Ojos de Dios is thought by some believers to have the power to see and understand things unknown to the physical eye and to provide protection.

This will be a great opportunity to view the 2,000+ Native American artifacts in the Lobo Lodge Museum as well as have fun with a beautiful story and fun craft! We hope you can join us!


Stacy Yogi

Executive Director, State and Federal Programs

Capistrano Unified School District

(949) 234-9244

Posted by: Deanna Phillips Published:10/2/17
Audience: Native American, Homepage, Homepage and Native American

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