Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Receives Grants to Further Ecological Education Initiative and Provide Seed Distribution for Native Communities

Initiative Kicks off with February Webinar

Albuquerque, NM – The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s (IPCC) Resilience Garden, in Partnership with Flower Hill Institute (FHI), has received a $25,000 grant from the Colorado Plateau for its Pueblo SEEDSS (Sowing Ecological Education for Delivering Sustainable Stewardship) Program.  SEEDSS is a program established by IPCC in order to teach and promote sustainable agricultural practices, traditional cooking and healthy lifestyles, as well as seed harvesting and preserving methods within Native communities.

The funding will be used to inform and encourage these practices, while also providing seeds to all New Mexico Pueblos and Tribes, which can then be distributed to members.  The partnership with FHI reflects a need to address environmental protection, cultural preservation and education within Tribal communities, as well as make best use of limited resources.  The programming will incorporate collaboration between youth and Tribal Elders, in order to share the evolving knowledge acquired by Indigenous peoples over the years through direct contact with the environment.  Additional funding in the amount of $100,000 has been obtained through Native American Agriculture Fund on a two-year cycle to complement these efforts.

As part of the educational campaign, the program will kick off with a series of webinars, the first of which will take place on February 18, entitled “The Buffalo Conference – Sowing the Buffalo Way,” with an emphasis on traditional foods and livestock.  The webinar will feature a keynote speaker and expert panelists addressing such topics as the Buffalo Treaty as well as the importance of buffalo in the Pueblo World.

Interested parties representing Pueblo and Tribal communities can inquire about signing up to participate in the webinar by contacting Cultural Education Specialist Shannon Romero at the IPCC at shromero@indianpueblo.com

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About the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center:
Founded in 1976 by the 19 Pueblo tribes of New Mexico, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is a world-class museum and cultural center located in the historic 19 Pueblos District. The IPCC’s mission is to preserve and perpetuate Pueblo culture, and to advance understanding by presenting with dignity and respect the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo peoples of New Mexico. The Center is temporarily closed due to the pandemic but, under normal circumstances, visitors can learn fascinating history, shop for Native jewelry and art, watch a cultural dance, hear Native languages, and experience the flavors of traditional and contemporary Native cuisine. To learn more, please visit: www.indianpueblo.org and www.facebook.com/IndianPueblo. We update these pages immediately anytime there is a change to the Center’s status and hours.

About the Resilience Garden:
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is home to the Resilience Garden, which is managed using traditional Pueblo farming techniques and features endangered Pueblo crops. Everyone is invited to walk through the garden’s paths to appreciate agriculture in action. The Resilience Garden demonstrates the Pueblo people’s agricultural and culinary traditions, as well as IPCC’s core values of sustainability and stewardship.

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