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Posted May 5, 2015

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Susie Rayos Marmon Elementary Honors Namesake

Annual April event featured dancing, singing, baking.

S.R. Marmon Elementary honored its namesake on April 17 with a children’s powwow that featured 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 25th S.R. Marmon Day at the school.

The powwow, complete with a grand entry, featured an introduction by Marmon’s granddaughter. S.R. Marmon students also presented a play and sang. Singers, dancers and drum groups from West Mesa High and La Mesa, Gov. Bent, Painted Sky, Chelwood, E.G. Ross and Eubank elementary schools also participated.

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 resource teacher at S.R. Marmon. “There were many happy smiles, laughter and friendships made. Susie Rayos Marmon would have been proud.”

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