Latest 2017 Southwest Discovery ECS Posts

March 21, 2017

Southwest Discovery ECS | Tea Time!

Today, we started off the day with Johnny Ortiz, a chef, herbologist, and potter, who came to talk to us about New Mexican herbs, roots, tea, and his business.  He also made us a delicious Kota Osha root tea that he served in clay cups that he had made. He talked to us about his business, The Shed Project. Next, we split up into different groups for students to do different activities. Ten students went to the Pueblo Day school, four went to do watercolor painting with Patience Heyl,...
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March 20, 2017

Southwest Discovery ECS | Our Last Hiking Hurrah

Today we hiked the Devisadero trail —  a total of 6.4 miles. “Devisadero” translates into “Lookout Point” because it was used by the Pueblo Indians as a high point to check to see if Apaches were coming down to raid the pueblo, a common occurrence. We had a wonderful time and had the opportunity to bond while looking at different trees like juniper and white fir. The trail was challenging at times with thin trails covered in snow and lots of uphill climbing, but the view was...
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March 19, 2017

Southwest Discovery ECS | The Long Road to Sante Fe

Today was the long road to Santa Fe. Actually, it was only an hour and a half long, and the scenery was beautiful. There were mountains in the distance, old adobe houses by the highways, and rolling hills throughout the ride. When we arrived in Santa Fe, we were greeted by Lee Manning, an award winning photographer and close friend of Profe Kunze. Lee specializes in black and white film and is a volunteer docent at the  . Leading us around the museum, Lee showed us many different artists...
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March 18, 2017

Southwest Discovery ECS | Lots of Art, Literature, and Culture, Oh My!

On the 16th, we traveled to the Mabel Dodge Luhan house. Our tour guide, Judy, went into detail about Luhan’s life and experiences. Mabel built her magnificent house on her 12 acres of meadowland, two miles from the Taos Pueblo. As we toured her house, we learned about Luhan and her engaging life filled with finding her spiritual well being. She organized and associated with the Taos art colony. She was one of the many influential women who traveled and detached from their lavish lives in New...
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March 16, 2017

Southwest Discovery ECS | Farm, Art, & Music

This morning we went back to the Red Willow farm for the morning and some of the afternoon. We worked on composting, digging up weeds, washing vegetables, and preparing for the farmers’ market tomorrow hosted at their farm. We learned that Daniel, the manager of the RWF, started a landscaping business with his brother-in-law immediately after graduating from high school. Unfortunately, his brother-in-law passed away, so after 7 years of running the company, Daniel moved on and started working...
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March 14, 2017

Southwest Discovery ECS | Deep Experiences and Deep Knowledge

  For our fifth day in New Mexico, we started our day by walking to the Holy Trinity Catholic Church to attend Mass on what many of us discovered was the second Sunday of Lent, the season before Easter. This experience was pretty different from an experience that many of us had had before because of the mixture of cultures and people participating. The service itself was a mixture of Spanish and English, and the priest was a very friendly man from Africa who greeted each of us...
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March 13, 2017

Southwest Discovery ECS | Bandelier National Monument

For our fourth day in New Mexico, we traveled to Los Alamos to visit Bandelier National Monument. The monument is known for its petroglyphs and ancestral ruins that were once inhabited by the Ancient Pueblo people. As we embarked on our two mile hike through the desert, we searched for ancient pottery shards in a field and ended up finding some really impressively preserved pieces. We then began a loop-style trail that took us on a tour of the gorgeous cliffs and unique caves that were once...
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March 12, 2017

Southwest Discovery ECS | Traditional Puebloan Life

On our second night in Taos (actually Arroyo Seco, a small town just north of Taos), three native American artists (Jarro, his son Grayson, and Francisco) came to our lodge to perform some of their social traditions: drumming, chanting, and dancing. These gentlemen perform frequently all around the country with award-winning groups such as the “1680 Singers.” Francisco is also a member of a local group that performs a blend of hip-hop and traditional music. After a small introduction, the two...
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March 11, 2017

Southwest Discovery | Taos Pueblo Day School

After two days of introductory films, discussions, work with children, and sandpainting, we headed to Taos at last. Having already established “families” in our group, the first family, Qochata, was responsible for planning, shopping for, and preparing chili burgers for the whole ECS. Every family group must somehow incorporate a Southwestern element into the meals. After dinner, our first guest speaker, Chris, told us about the Taos pueblo and its people, including different rituals and...
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February 01, 2017

Southwest Discovery | Course Description

Southwest Discovery: The many layers of the colorful life of the American Southwestern region This ECS will involve immersion into the magic of the American Southwest. While exploring this land not all that far from here, we will experience the wonder of southwestern culture, art, and nature. We will spend time in Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico and in various locales in the Navajo Nation in Arizona and Utah, such as Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon, and Rainbow Bridge. Through hands-on...
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March 20, 2017

Southwest Discovery ECS | Our Last Hiking Hurrah

Today we hiked the Devisadero trail —  a total of 6.4 miles. “Devisadero” translates into “Lookout Point” because it was used by the Pueblo Indians as a high point to check to see if Apaches were coming down to raid the pueblo, a common occurrence. We had a wonderful time and had the...
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New Mexico Museum of Art March 19, 2017

Southwest Discovery ECS | The Long Road to Sante Fe

Today was the long road to Santa Fe. Actually, it was only an hour and a half long, and the scenery was beautiful. There were mountains in the distance, old adobe houses by the highways, and rolling hills throughout the ride. When we arrived in Santa Fe, we were greeted by Lee Manning, an award...
» read more
Painting with Patience Hyle March 18, 2017

Southwest Discovery ECS | Lots of Art, Literature, and Culture, Oh My!

On the 16th, we traveled to the Mabel Dodge Luhan house. Our tour guide, Judy, went into detail about Luhan’s life and experiences. Mabel built her magnificent house on her 12 acres of meadowland, two miles from the Taos Pueblo. As we toured her house, we learned about Luhan and her engaging life...
» read more
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