SFCC celebrated Native American Week with Red Sands Project and other events

Elisa Lucero at the microphone leads drumming in the Santa Fe Community College Campus Center with instruments from around the world. To her left is associate dean Brooke Gondara. To her right is photographer and artist A.J. Goldman. At the far right is Marvin Gabaldon, Native American Club adviser and a staff member at the Welcome and Advising Center.

Participants gather to collect the red sand to pour between the cracks in the Courtyard.

Lee Standing Elk, Fort Peck, Assininibione/Sioux came to SFCC from Montana to study Criminal Justice. She said her focus has been on Native women who have been victims of violence. She pays homage to the teen Henny Scott (depicted on the front of the red dress), who was murdered on the Cheyenne Reservation. She wants to raise awareness about the issue.

Lillia Saenz with the Multicultural Department of Santa Fe Public Schools is studying to become a parlegal at SFCC. She said she was particularly emotionally struck by the photo of a mother whose unborn child was taken and the mother was killed. She said looking at the dresses of both women and childeren was a very powerful message.

Elisa Lucero, associate dean Brooke Gondara, photographer/artist A.J. Goldman, SFCC data technician Marvin Galbadon and Lee Standing Elk take a moment to reflect on the Red Sand installation. The sands in Courtyard cracks represent the many indigeneous women who've fallen through the cracks and are either missing or victims of violence.

Santa Fe Community College celebrated Native American Week with dances, an arts and crafts fair and a lecture by photographer/artist A.J. Goldman who shared a performance piece on identity.

Elisa Lucero led a drumming circle in the Campus Center and encouraged students and faculty to join in. She shared drums from around the world and their universal message of “a heartbeat.”

The SFCC Native American Club also led a Red Sands Art project in the SFCC Courtyard. Red dresses with names and photos of victims of violence were hung outside in the Courtyard to encourage reflection and rememberance of indigeneous women who have been killed or remain missing.

For more information about SFCC’s Native American Club contact Marvin Gabaldon at 505-428-1835 or email Marvin.Gabaldon@sfcc.edu.