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California Indian Curriculum and Stories

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RSC Student Diversity Committee
April 8 - 9, 2016
April 8, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm; April 9, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

American Indian standards and California curriculum: Stereotypes and Survivance

Incorporating a Waldorf perspective, we will highlight the connections between indigenous communities and Waldorf education, and work to create responsible and respectful pedagogy. American Indian ways of education are already inherent in Steiner's educational philosophy, and we will further his indications to embrace indigenous stories and contemporary California Indian curriculum, politics, and histories.

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Friday, April 8, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Invocation, keynote, and discussion

Saturday, April 9, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm: Contemporary curriculum development and storytelling in the light of Waldorf education

Topics Include

  • The appropriate inclusion of indigenous stories and practices in the classroom

  • Characterizing California Indian history in 4th grade in a developmentally sound and inclusive way

  • How to expand one's teaching philosophy to incorporate American Indian ways of education

  • Creating networks with the cultures and peoples indigenous to the area in which you teach to create relevant and respectful curriculum

Presenters include

Rick Adams (Nisenan/Miwok/Hawaiian), Chairperson and CEO of Hutuanape Cultural Foundation, former cultural heritage specialist for the Maidu Museum and Historic Site, and former Vice-chairperson of the California Rural Indian Health board. He is a Native Healing Practitioner, Cultural Bearer, and well-respected tribal elder from the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians.

Dr. Rose Borunda (Purépecha), Professor of Education at Sacramento State, specializes in counseling and cross-racial bridge building and has written on American Indian ways of education. She is the author of What is the Color of Your Heart? and Speaking from the Heart: Herstories of Chicana, Latina, and Amerindian Women.  

James Marquez (Oglala Lakota/White Mountain Apache), Executive Director and founding member of the Foothill Indian Education Alliance, Inc. and the El Dorado/Amador Counties Indian Education Project, has worked with Native, Latino, Asian, and African American communities locally and throughout the state for more than 40 years. Mr. Marquez has 45+ years experience in graphic design and marketing and has worked for companies throughout the U.S. He is a traditional artist and teaches cultural arts classes for Native communities.  He is also a cultural presenter and has spent many hours locally in classrooms, including at Cedar Springs Waldorf School where he is a parent.

Dr. Mimi Coughlin, Professor of Education at Sacramento State, develops history-social science curriculums for K-12 students and has written numerous articles on multicultural education, critical thinking, and civic learning.

Katherine Gaffey Lehman (M.A.), Public School Institute Director at Rudolf Steiner College, has taught for 25 years in Sacramento City Unified School District bringing Waldorf Education into the public education arena. In addition, she has taught aspiring Waldorf teachers in India, Nepal and Singapore.


$50 includes Friday evening and all day Saturday. To reserve tickets, click here.

With questions, please email: or call RSC Events Office at 916-961-8727 ext 141.

*Scholarships are available. For information please email:


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Schedule of Events

Friday, April 8th

4:00 - 6:30 pm      Conference Registration. Self-guided garden tours.

6:30 - 7:30 pm      Introduction, Icebreakers, and Invocation by Rick Adams

7:30 - 9:00 pm      Keynote Lecture by Dr. Rose Borunda and Discussion

Saturday, April 9th     

8:30 - 9 am            Movement

9:00 - 9:45 am       Opening and Discussion

9:45 - 10 am          Break

10 - 11:30 am         Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians History by Mr. Rick Adams

11:30 - 12:30 pm    Ethnobotanical Tour of California native plants by Mr. Rick Adams, Mr. James Marquez, and Mr. Harald Hoven

12:30 - 1:30 pm      Lunch

1:30 - 2:15 pm       Waldorf Education by James Marquez 

2:15 - 2:30 pm       Break

2:30 - 4:30 pm       Curriculum Development with Dr. Mimi Coughlin and Ms. Katherine Lehman

4:30 - 5 pm            Closing

5 - 7 pm                 Revitalization/Celebration/Books/Music

The Friday keynote lecture will be on American Indian ways of education and how they interrelate with Waldorf education. The Saturday morning lecture will be on California Indian history, specifically the history of the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians. In the afternoon, there will be an ethnobotanical tour of Raphael Gardens, identifying and learning about California native plants and their uses. The afternoon lecture will be on how Waldorf fits with Native philosophy and spirituality and detailing the experiences of being a Native Waldorf parent at Cedar Springs Waldorf School. At the end of the day, Creative Curriculum Development will pose challenging questions to utilize what we have learned in creating a Main Lesson Page.

*Schedule and topics may be subject to change, pending further updates.

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Photo Image: lfheektavaan (Truth Bearer), cropped. Acrylic on canvas, 2012, commissioned by California Indian Legal Services. The painting composition represents basket motifs from various tribes in northern, central, and southern California. The woman represents "Lady Justice" from a Native Californian perspective and the baskets she holds represent the scales of balance, harmony and justice for Native peoples of California and for their indigenous sovereign rights. Original artwork by Lyn Risling (Karuk, Yurok and Hupa).

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Event Documents: 
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