LAPS Hosts ‘Rock Your Mocs’ Week Virtual Activities

LAPS hosts ‘Rock Your Mocs’ week Nov. 16-20. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools is hosting a virtual “Rock Your Mocs” week Nov. 16-20. 

Students are encouraged to post related photos and videos to social media each day:

  • Monday is Rock Your Mocs Day;
  • Tuesday, students are encouraged to share the work of their favorite Native American artist. The work can be art, music, poetry or more;
  • Wednesday is Traditional Native American Food day when students can post a photo of their favorite traditional food;
  • Thursday is Dress Your Best in both traditional and modern clothing; and
  • Friday, students are encouraged to teach someone new words or phrases in their native language.

Find the Los Alamos Public Schools Native American Parent and Student Council Facebook page here.

Monday, Nov. 16: beginning at 6 p.m., Entas Tanina Williams will tell the story of Black Bear Family and Grizzly and demonstrate a traditional Lil’wat Nation Dance. To watch the virtual presentation, click here for the Zoom link. Entas Tanina Williams is from Lil’wat Nation, British Columbia. She is a lifelong learner and loves to share her learning with others. She is a storyteller, wool weaver, drum maker, carver and maker of many other beautiful crafts including leather clothing, cedar clothing, cedar work, circle protocol and she is a proud bannok maker.

Tuesday, Nov.17: beginning at 5:30 p.m., Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe will host a virtual tour.  The video tour also will include an artist interview with Eliza Naranjo Morse and a preview of the short film “Laughter & Resilience: Humor in Native American Art”. Click here for the Zoom link.

Founded in 1937, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian is New Mexico’s oldest non-profit, independent museum. The Wheelwright offers unique exhibitions of contemporary and historic Native American art. They are famous for their focus on little-known genres and for solo shows by living Native American artists, and are the home of the Jim and Lauris Phillips Center for the Study of Southwestern Jewelry, the most comprehensive collection of Navajo and Pueblo jewelry in the world. For more information about the museum, go to https://wheelwright.org.

Wednesday, Nov. 18: beginning at 6 p.m., Dr. Lee Francis (Pueblo of Laguna) will present a virtual presentation on The Myth of Thanksgiving and Other Native Mythologies. Dr. Lee Francis is the CEO and Founder of Native Realities LLC, an Indigenous Imagination Company dedicated to unleashing the Indigenous imagination through popular culture, including comic books, graphic novels, games, toys and collectibles. Click here for the Zoom link.

Founded in 2015, Native Realities has published the largest assortment of Indigenous-centric comic books in the world. Through Native Realities, Dr. Francis also founded the Indigenous Comic Con in 2016 and opened Red Planet Books and Comics, the only Native comic shop in the world, in 2017.

LAPS has 120 Native American Students enrolled in grades PreK-12. Students represent a diversity of tribal affiliations. Los Alamos Middle School students are encouraged to join the Native Hawk Club, which meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month. The LAHS Native American Club meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.

Community members are welcome to join in the activities planned for the week. For more information, contact Julie Dare, Liaison for Native American Students and Families at j.dare@laschools.net.

For more information about LAPS activities to celebrate Native American Heritage Month, visit https://laschools.net/napac/.

For more information about the 2020 National Native American Heritage Month celebration, visit https://www.indianaffairs.gov/as-ia/opa/national-native-american-heritage-month.

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