Doors to Diplomacy Project ID: 7117

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Pueblo Holidays
Category: 8. Arts and Culture

School: San Diego Riverside Charter School
    Jemez Pueblo, NM, United States

2 students, ages 13 &14 worked together to complete this Doors to Diplomacy project on March 16, 2012. They have participated in Doors to Diplomacy in the following year(s): 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Classes and Teachers: Valerie Shaw (Teacher), Carrie Young (Teacher), Katie (Student), Emmarie (Student)))

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Our School's Web Site: http://

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Team

Our team consists of two members. Katie is intelligent, a writer, and a good team member, Emmie is good at writing and working. She likes working in groups. Our teachers put us in our team and we split the work evenly.

2. Summary of Our Project

What does Pueblo pottery communicate and teach about Pueblo culture? Is it just functional, for baking, cooking, or serving food? Is it just pretty, for decoration and to give as gifts? Our ancestors mastered the art of making pottery for their everyday needs. As time passed, different pueblos developed different styles and processes for making and decorating pottery. This was based on the natural materials and pigments they had available to them and whether the pottery was designed for household use or for decorative use. Nowadays, most pottery is decorative, and much of it can be identified by the decorations used by the different pueblo tribes. These decorations evolved over time as pueblo pottery became a fine art form, and the pottery styles and symbols have their own history. The history of pueblo pottery is as rich and complex as the pots themselves, and our Website will trace this history and help to show how culture can be preserved in an art form.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:less than 20

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

We had to over come the obstacle of learning to work as a team. Our team leader had to learn how to lead us and we had to work together to create our site. We had to focus on getting things doing and stay on task. We, also, had a lot of issues with our internet not working properly.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Our participation in Doors to Diplomacy helped prepare us for graduation by giving us skills we will need and teaching us to work hard.

6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

We used the Doors to Diplomacy project to support content standards in language arts and technology. We team-taught to make the project possible and the students had opportunities to work on their projects in their language arts and communications classes. A majority of our state standards molded well with this project, especially those in writing, research, and technology. We, also, utilized the Towa language and Jemez Pueblo History to meet some of our schools bilingual requirements. This project was an awesome learning tool for our students.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your Doors to Diplomacy project?

We used a multitude of tools and technologies to complete the project. These tools include our computer lab and classroom computers, as well as digital camera, scanners, various computer software, our school and public libraries, and oral interviews. The variety of tools we used allowed our students to get a broad spectrum of opinions and insights into their culture and the global community. Our most valuable tool was our computers and the internet, because we are located in a rural part of New Mexico. The Internet allowed use to view other cultures and views from around the world.

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your Doors to Diplomacy project both on-line and in person.

Our students acted as ambassadors to the community of Jemez Pueblo by researching and discussing the issues and culture of Jemez with the people of Jemez and sharing their findings on the website. They are raising awareness of their small community by relating their lives to the lives of others around the world.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

Our project will make a difference in the lives of the people from Jemez Pueblo. It will allow them to see their lives and the relations with the larger world. It will, also, raise awareness of the power of technology in research and advocacy. We hope that our website with give them global community a greater understanding of the Jemez people and their lives.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

The Doors to Diplomacy project encompassed the whole community, as the students meet with community members and talked about their culture and views. It gave the students a chance to learn from community elders and present their knowledge to the world.


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