pictures of pinons
The students are excited about their pinon picking! Where they picked, how much they picked, and how they picked make the students sound like contestants. With this enthusiasm, lessons integrating Social Studies, Science, Math, and Language Arts can begin.
Geography: As students share information, direct them to use correct names for landforms and regions.
Science: Direct students to classify trees.
Math: Ask students to determine the number of pinons they picked.
Language Arts: Ask students to write about their experiences.
The Laguna Pueblo people look forward to a very special seasonal event during the fall --Deer Hunt. It is also during this time that the pinons might be in season. Because of nature's cycles, the pinon trees do not produce a crop annually. When there is a crop there is much excitement about picking. After the pinons are picked, they are dried, roasted, and salted. This pinon nut is one of the main ingredients in the deer stew. The deer dinner is a celebration for the successful deer hunt. A continued celebration is the Deer Dance -- a dance in honor and appreciation of the deer.
In the Southwest region, the pinon crop comes in cycles, every seven years. Students live in a geographic area where they can pick the pinons.