Saturday, April 24, 2021 9:30am

Join us via ZOOM to participate in a workshop centered on Ohkay Owingeh-style Guard Sticks!

With spring upon us and our gardens starting, we explore how Native Americans in the southwest have a special tradtion for protecting crops in the arid climate through an activity and discussion of various stories and traditions surrounding the planting season.

This workshop will cover how to make your own guard sticks for your garden such as those on display in the the Museum of Anthropology from the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, (formerly called San Juan Pueblo), in New Mexico.  They are traditionally carved and painted, but for safety, we will be avoiding carving knives and giving our guard sticks their own personal flair!

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WHEN: Saturday, April 24, 2020       9:30 am CST

HOW: While there is no limit on the number of attendees, you MUST preregister.  The Zoom link will only be sent to registered participants. 

TO REGISTER:  CLICK HERE and send the NAME(s) of attendees (for children, please also include their AGE), and the EMAIL that you would like the Zoom link to be sent to - you can also email the required info to

MATERIALS NEEDED:  If you would like to do the activity along with the workshop host, you will need to gather a few materials for the workshop. You can add to this list if inspired, but at minimum you will need the following.

  • Several long sticks (1/2" to 1 1/2" width) with the bark and smaller twigs removed.
  • Paint or markers of different colors.
  • Colorful yarn or string.
  • Other things you might want to add: feathers, beads, small plastic critters, bells, ribbons.
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