The University of Nevada, Reno will host a group of nearly 60 Northern Nevada elementary school students this summer for the "Exploring Indigenous Peoples of North and South America" Global Kids Camp. Through the camp, which is organized by the Northern Nevada International Center and runs June 21 through 25, the students will experience the culture of Native Americans in the northern Nevada area, particularly that of Washoe, Paiute and Shoshone tribes.
"They'll gain an understanding of new cultures and increase their cultural sensitivity," said Corazon Padilla, leadership program coordinator for the Center. "The camp is something really unique to the area."
During the camp, students will learn about rock symbols, eat fry bread and try their hand at shooting a bow and arrow in order to learn more about indigenous cultures. Presenters from local native cultures will help students make dreamcatchers and fan mandalas and teach them about their languages and native dances. Students will meet daily on campus and will also take part in field trips to Meek's Bay at Lake Tahoe and Pyramid Lake as part of their cultural education.
"It's a great outlet for kids, and it will allow them to be a lot more understanding of each other," said Padilla.
The camp has been an annual event since 2006, and past camps have focused on Latin American cultures as well as Nevadan. This year, students will focus on Northern Nevada natives and South American native cultures like the Mayans and Aztecs. The Latino Research Center will also give a presentation on Chilean native culture.
The cost of the camp for students is $180, and siblings of campers can register for a 10 percent discount. Limited scholarships are available. To sponsor a student camper with either a full ($180) or partial ($90) scholarship, contact Mary Preschutti or Corazon Padilla at 784-7515 ext. 223.