The SFWS Fourth Grade class is currently studying the geography and history of New Mexico during their Main Lesson. The block began by asking students to map their environment such as their bedroom, route to school, classroom, and the SFWS campus. Students hiked to Sun Mountain, where they were able to locate the school from a flag which was mounted on the rooftop before they left. These lessons provided them with a sense of relationship to their environment, SFWS and City of Santa Fe.
Daily lessons took students through the history of our state. They focused on the first inhabitants in our area and how the Rio Grande marked an important juncture of where, and the reason for, settlement to Native Americans. In studying the culture of our first inhabitants, students learned a ‘Tewa Prayer’ which speaks so deeply to the profound relationship and of the respect our Native culture and to the world around us.
Song of the Sky Loom | Song of the Tewa
Oh our Mother the Earth, oh our Father the Sky,
Your children are we, and with tired backs
We bring you the gifts you love.
Then weave for us a garment of brightness
May the warp be the white Light of morning
May the weft be the red Light of evening
May the fringes be the falling rain,
May the border be the standing rainbow
Thus weave for us a garment of brightness
That we may walk fittingly where birds sing,
That we may walk fittingly where grass is green
Oh our Mother the Earth, oh our Father the Sky!
The Tewa are a linguistic group of Pueblo American Indians, who speak the Tewa language and share the same culture. There are six pueblos around the Rio Grande and Santa Fe which are the Nambé Pueblo, Pojoaque Pueblo, San Ildefonso Pueblo, Ohkay Owingeh, Santa Clara Pueblo, and Tesuque Pueblo.
The SFWS is proud to include the Tewa language for our students from Pojoaque Pueblo and to have a graduate from the High School in 2012. The fourth grade class will continue their studies in the next several weeks of New Mexico, the importance of the Santa Fe Trail, and the City and County of Santa Fe. The class will also enjoy an exploratory field trip to Pecos National Monument led by their teacher Ms. Baudhuin.