This week, we look at our social competencies category in November as we celebrate Native American Heritage Month.
To learn more, you may decide to visit the wealth of information on websites that tell the stories of local pueblos.
Take the time to learn about customs, traditions, feast days, the importance of their native language, traditions and most important – etiquette. If you are ever unsure about something, feel free to ask the question in a respectful way, but also understand that a question asked may not be one that can be answered in the moment.
You can start with indianpueblo.org for the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
Its website is the representative of the 19 northern pueblos with a mission statement that reads: “To preserve and perpetuate Pueblo culture and to advance understanding by presenting with dignity and respect, the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico.”
The 19 Pueblos include; Acoma, Cochiti, Isleta, Jemez, Laguna, Nambe, Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, Sandia, San Felipe, San Ildefonso, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo, Taos, Tesuque, Zia and Zuni.
A variety of the pueblos are represented at Los Alamos Public Schools and this year, Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School both have their first Native American Clubs.