Tetsugehoweenge Day School

NEW MEXICO

In a pastoral setting at Tesuque Pueblo, New Mexico, Native American children learn mathematics and other school subjects as they also study their native language. The school, with buildings constructed in the early 1900's by men from the Pueblo (village), has been the source of education for generations of Tewa men and women. The Tesuque reservation of approximately 17,000 acres is covered by pinon/juniper woodlands for the most part. The Tesuque River winds through the northern half and passes within yards of the school itself. Farmlands lay astride the river and it is not unusual to see elk and other wildlife as they forage in the heavily vegetated river area.

Children in grades K-6 receive instruction in the customary subjects and meals prepared and served in the school kitchen and cafeteria. Teachers incorporate material from the everyday world in to the curriculum and the surrounding countryside offers the opportunity for field trips and hands-on instruction in nature and science. The school is maintained and operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and has existed at its current location since the early 1900's. Tesuque Pueblo history goes back for hundreds of years and this long record of culture and the events that have transpired also provide material for instruction. One of the more significant events that occurred here is the beginning of the great Pueblo Revolt of 1680, a fact that is noted in the Pueblo flag. Once the children complete their course of study at the Day School, they graduate and continue their education at various schools located in Santa Fe and nearby communities.

Courtesy Anna Dorame, Teacher/Librarian

 

Tetsugehoweenge site visits:

September 15, 2004
Dr. Loriene Roy and I stopped by Tesuque around 3pm, right before school let out. We met quite a few students (all of whom were excited about the upcoming NMAI opening), and handed out "If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything" dinosuar visors. After helping the students put those together, we went to the first grade classroom to meet with Anna Dorame, the school librarian. In the short time we were there, we told the kids some scary stories. Overall, it was a great little visit to the school, and the students seemed excited!

Loriene Roy and Vanessa Chavez


January 12, 2005


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