Keres Children’s Learning Center Elder Panel
From LtoR: Marie Cordero, Anita Suina and Trisha Moquino
Indigenous Food and Wellness: Challenges to Enduring Knowledge and Practices
Indigenous peoples created systems of knowledge around food, land, seasons, socializing children, and an overall holistic way of being in the natural world. The people closest to that knowledge that inherited the passing of that knowledge are our elders. In this panel of elder women, we will revisit that traditional knowledge around food (healthy nutrition by our standards) and physical movement with regard to the question: what has endured and what are the challenges the elders on this panel have faced.
Trisha Moquino is from Cochiti Pueblo, Ohkay Owingeh, and Santo Domingo Pueblo. She graduated with a B.A. in American Studies from Stanford University; she holds a M.A. in Elementary/Bilingual Education from the University of New Mexico; and she is trained in the Montessori Method, Primary (ages 3-6, United Montessori Association) and Elementary I (ages 6-9, Montessori Education Center of the Rockies). She is a cofounder of Keres Children’s Learning Center and teaches in both the primary and elementary classrooms there. Her own children and family are her inspiration for continuing to work towards creating a holistic model of education that is inclusive of our own Indigenous language and worldview and that elevates the integrated importance of healthy eating and wellness in our little ones.
Marie Cordero, Executive Assistant
Marie worked as the Administrative Assistant in Finance at the Pueblo de Cochiti Tribal Offices until August, 2015 when she got hired at KCLC. She is also currently the Enrollment Manager at Cochiti. Marie loves to participate in all aspects of traditional life in Cochiti Pueblo. She also enjoys participating in Senior Olympics and watching Cochiti Braves baseball. She wanted to work at KCLC because she heard and saw positive things about KCLC. She has two grandchildren currently attending KCLC and can see the difference in their language learning. She wanted to be part of a great thing. Marie believes children are innocent, truthful and trusting. They are spiritual beings that will one day be leaders here in Cochiti and in the world.
Anita has been the Health Care Coordinator for the elders in Cochiti Pueblo. She likes talking Keres, being with family, visiting elders, and raising her little Kuhi. She wanted to work at KCLC so she could have the opportunity to speak and teach Keres. She says children are amazing human beings. They have so much talent and skills. She believes that if we talk Keres, they will be leaders!they will be leaders!