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New Sunrise Regional Treatment Center

Cultural & Traditional Awareness

Cultural and Traditional Awareness – Groups and activities to maintain and/or enhance cultural appreciation (i.e. moccasin making, pottery, traditional farming methods and Native cooking and sewing). Spiritual healing, traditional speakers, Sweat Lodge and Reflection Room ceremonies are available.

girl doing bead work
Residents also were able to show their beading talent
bead work examples
Items beaded included hats, handbags and loom beading
man holding wood to make a drum
Teaching of traditional drum making which are used in the Pueblo ceremonies
people hitting the drum
Residents also share their talent with staff and other residents, i.e. drumming as pictured below.
pottery shapes
The Residential Staff also teach residents how to make, paint and etch pottery.
masks
Paper Mache masks also made by NSRTC Residents
moccasins
Moccasin making is also taught to the residents. The moccasins are worn during traditional ceremonies and range in color.
Gingerbread Houses
Gingerbread Houses made by NSRTC Residents in time for Christmas.
putting up New Sunrise sign
Residents are also involved in working on improvements of NSRTC campus.
people playing softball
When free time is available staff and residents engage in a game of softball.
Sweat Lodge
Cultural Activities include sweats in the Sweat Lodge
Miss Indian New Mexico, Raine Vicente Miss Indian New Mexico, Raine Vicente visited NSRTC to speak with residents.
people farming
Traditional farming which includes crops of corn, chili, pumpkin and squash.
assortment of peppers and vegetables
Produce that was harvested from the traditional farm that the residents and staff tended to.
two men on an overlook
Off campus outings include hikes as part of the Recreation Therapy Program, below is the hike of Mt. Taylor.
biker in canyon
Another hiking outing was the Grand Canyon in Arizona.


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