Culture

Taos-PuebloTiwa.1 Tiwa.2Taos Pueblo is a designated World Heritage Site and cultural activities are essential for Taos Pueblo people. The Taos C.R.E.A.T.E. program fosters positive self-esteem through cultural pride and language preservation. Research shows participation in traditional Native American cultural activities is a protective factor and helps youth develop positive self-esteem (Colorado Foundation for Families and Children, 2002) (BIE, Title 4 Safe & Drug Free School, 2006).

The Tiwa Language and Culture Club focuses on: preserving the traditional Tiwa language; fostering pride in the culture and traditional values; reading about Taos Pueblo and other native cultures; and implementing hands-on learning experiences including traditional games – all of which are essential for positive youth development in Native youth.

Traditional Arts including: moccasin making; leather works; jewelry; and beading are also taught during the after-school program depending on funding and instructors.