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Glimpse of Life on the Reservation

Reflection

Thursday, July 30, 2020

At the end of Glimpse of Life on the Reservation, it's time to reflect on what we learned and what was life like for those people who had to endure Hweeldi. Follow along with Instructional Coordinator Rhonda Gutierrez as she leads you through the reflection activity. After viewing the clip, click HERE for the activity associated with the Reflection.

Adobe at the Fort

Thursday, July 23, 2020

When all you have is dirt, make adobe bricks! Listen along as Instructional Coordinator Rhonda Gutierrez introduces adobe bricking making at Fort Sumner and how you can make miniature adobe bricks. To make your own bricks. After viewing the clip, click HERE for the activity instructions on making and weaving on a cardboard loom.

Weaving and Survival

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Every spring, sheep shearing starts wool processing at the Bosque Redondo Memorial. Follow along with Instructional Coordinator Rhonda Gutierrez as she shares all the steps from shearing to carding. After viewing the clip, click HERE for the activity instructions on making and weaving on a cardboard loom.

The Paradoxical Pecos

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Floods, winds, drought and salt. That's really the story of the Pecos River during the 1860's. The Mescalero Apache and Navajo people farmed land and irrigated near and from the Pecos River. Follow along with Instructional Coordinator Rhonda Gutierrez as she tells the story of the Pecos River on a typical windy day on the plains. After viewing the clip, click HERE for the activity instructions on playing the Luck of the Draw Game.

Mesquite as a Building Material at the Fort

Thursday, July 2, 2020

When a bush has to be a home. The Navajo people at Bosque Redondo reservation in the 1860's had to build homes and heat them and cook their meals and the only wood around was mesquite brush. Follow along with Instructional Coordinator Rhonda Gutierrez as she introduces mesquite and it's many uses. After viewing the clip, click HERE for the activity instructions on making your own yucca root soap.

Yucca's Many Uses

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Yucca is everywhere in the southwest and that's . good thing! Yucca has so many great uses. Listen along with Rhonda Gutierrez, Instructional Coordinator as she introduces yucca and it's many uses. If you want to try one use - yucca soap, follow the link to learn about harvesting and using yucca root for soap After viewing the clip, click HERE for the activity instructions on making your own yucca root soap.

Mescalero Apache Tipis at the Fort

Thursday, June 18, 2020

As part of the Virtual Summer Camp, you will be introduced to the history of Bosque Redondo Memorial and get a Glimpse in the Life on the Reservation. In this episode, it is looking at the tipi that the Mescalero Apache people would have lived in while interned at the fort. After viewing the clip, click HERE for the activity instructions on making your own tipi model.

Hardtack - Staple for the soldiers

Thursday, June 11, 2020

This is the first of the Virtual Summer Camps for Bosque Redondo Memorial. This video introduces the viewer to the history of the site and introduces the camp activity. After viewing the clip, click HERE for the activity instructions on making your own hardtack.

Brought to you by Bosque Redondo/Fort Sumner Historic Sites<

Create connections to the history of Fort Sumner, the Navajo and the Mescalero Apache, and the poor living conditions they endured.