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Susie Rayos Marmon Day

Annual April event featured dancing, singing, baking.

Apr 22, 2016
from 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where Susie Rayos Marmon Elementary School, 1800 72nd St. NW
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Susie Rayos Marmon Elementary will honor its namesake on April 22 with a children’s powwow that features Native American dances and singing, a traditional pueblo "throw," and presentations including baking bread in a pueblo-style "‘horno."

The annual celebration honors Susie Rayos Marmon, a Laguna Pueblo educator who exemplified the blending of two cultures—retaining the old, while learning the new. This year’s celebration was the 26th Susie Rayos Marmon Day at the school.

The powwow, complete with a grand entry, will feature an introduction by Marmon’s granddaughter. S.R. Marmon students also will present a play and song.  Singers, dancers and drum groups from West Mesa High and elementary schools will participate.

A pueblo throw is traditionally held in the summer months to honor a saint—John, Peter, Paul, James, Ann or Lawrence—and consists of a person named for one of the saints and his or her family standing on the roof of their home and throwing food or household items to a crowd of well-wishers below.

“At S.R. Marmon fourth and fifth grade Native American students threw to the attendees from the powwow circle,” said Joann Henry, an Indian Education support teacher at S.R. Marmon. “There were many happy smiles, laughter and friendships made. Susie Rayos Marmon would have been proud.”

Ginger Looney, APS Indian Education resource teacher and Joann henry, 4th grade teacher, orchestrated this fabulous event along with great participation from the Native parent group of Susie Rayos Marmon.