This past Friday most of the students and staff from Lybrook School traveled up to Gallina for the Jemez Mountain School District’s CULTURE DAY. Much of the district is Chicano (some of whose families came to New Mexico 300-400 years ago!) so the date is always the closest Friday to Cinco de Mayo. Students come from other ethnic groups as well, so this day is meant to celebrate the heritage of the various groups of students in the 3 schools in the district.

After the program, there were a variety of food booths, and info booths outside. Students had fun milling around, trying a variety of activities (such as a fun maze, and hula-hooping) and eating lots and lots of JUNK food 🙂

Here are photos of some of the most interesting dances from the program:

eagle dancers

Eagle Dancers — traditional Pueblo Indian dance

eagle dance drummers

Drummers for the Eagle Dancers — the older man started this internationally recognized group many years ago to keep teens from drinking.

Eagle Chick

Isn’t this Eagle Chick adorable?!

los viejos

Kindergartners dancing as “Los Viejos” (the old ones) were quite entertaining!

latino dances

I always love the energy of Latino Dancing…no matter where I see it.

walk in beauty

Lybrook 1st Graders signed the words to “Walk in Beauty”

ribbon dance 1

Lybrook 2nd Graders perform the Ribbon Dance

ribbon dance 2

Another view of the Ribbon Dance

basket dance

Lybrook 3rd Graders perform the Basket Dance


Our oh-so-Anglo, oh-so-white daughter joined her 4th grade class in singing “The Four Sacred Mountains”