A Painted Tipi – Assiniboin, 1928
A Painted Tipi – Assiniboin, 1928

Education Continued

Curtis dedicated his life to his dream of photographing and preserving the lives, wisdom, and culture of eighty Native American tribal groups, working with them as partners to create this iconic treasure. Together, Curtis and his Native collaborators created connections across generations and cultures.  Curtis was able to capture Beauty, Heart and Spirit, which transcends the medium in which he worked.  Like Curtis, we have capable dreams and aspirations that inspire and motivate us. We all seek to discover, connect, and grow through relationships. Sacred Legacy®programs engage participants in expanding their horizons by creating their own legacy through exposure to art, music, science, history, and culture.

Sacred Legacy sessions and activities are experiential in nature.  In keeping with a holistic and multi-sensory approach, we will include activities that engage all the senses, and multiple intelligences, such as musical, visual-spatial, verbal-linguistic, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, naturalistic, and existential/spiritual. This will be done while taking multiple models of education and learning styles into account. Art and music feature prominently in our Sacred Legacy® programs, as do science, history, the environment and nature. Additionally, we will include Native American culture and art (with an emphasis on photography), and exploration of identity, family, community and spirituality. All of these connect to themes in both Curtis’ work and in our contemporary lives. All promote healing through the enrichment of communities, identity, and relationships.

We incorporate appropriate education models for the participants in Sacred Legacy® programs.  For our younger participants, we will use specific strategies for twenty-first-century learners. School-age youth often prefer working collaboratively in groups, enjoy using technology during the learning process, and respond best to open-ended questions that elicit their input and ideas.  The strong experiential, imaginative and storytelling components of the curriculum are designed for senior learners and those with memory or other cognitive issues. Program educators will utilize a network wherein experiences with and knowledge of leading the programs can be shared across the country.

All of the sessions can be presented as separate modules or as an integrated series across weeks or months. Certain customized curricula might be conceived over a longer cycle, so as to maintain the healing components of building and nurturing interpersonal relationships long term. Others, such as those to train the program leaders, could be structured for a short cycle of preparatory sessions. Sessions can range from one hour to several hours. Scheduling needs of the participants are taken into account.

The following individual modules are examples of sessions that can be enjoyed both independently and as part of various cycles; there are many others that could be developed.

Balance and variety are essential components of being happy and healthy. Key to our programs is the sacred legacy provided by Edward Curtis and the Native Americans.  The richness and diversity of that legacy allow us to engage people of all ages and backgrounds.  It inspires us to build relationships across generations and cultures. We have seen people touched by Curtis’ imagery on six continents: Native people, rural residents, urban dwellers, Ambassadors, educators, old and young.  The healing and inspiring power of these compelling images is the foundation and core of the Sacred Legacy®programs which we are now able to make available to you.

It’s such a big dream, I can’t see it all.
– Edward S. Curtis

Please feel free to contact us for more information about how we might collaborate on delivery of a Sacred Legacy® program to your students, residents or groups.

Christopher Cardozo