Google Spends Day at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Making Adobe Bricks

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Google Group Spends Day at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Making Adobe Bricks

After many years in decline, the focus of the Ohkay Owingeh today is on rehabilitating the historic core of the pueblo, which was entirely built of adobe by the Ohkay Owingeh people. This commitment to rebuild serves as an excellent model for other communities.

On August 2, 2018, a group of Google employees spent the day making adobe bricks at the Ohkay Owingeh pueblo.  Cornerstones Community Partnerships, who has been conducting adobe making workshops like this for many years, involving volunteers from all over the country, coordinated the project. “We do it whenever we can structure the opportunity” says Jake Barrow, Cornerstones’ Director. “The Google event at the Pueblo was very special because of the vital importance of native culture to the heritage of New Mexico.  Earthen architectural traditions are deeply imbedded in our state and represent a tactile connection of a unique place and people.  This work links our present to our past, which is so well-embodied by the current Okay Owingeh project.”

We, at Cornerstones, are delighted that Google had the opportunity to work in collaboration with the pueblo and had a chance to experience the Governor’s and War Chief’s prayers with its message of unity, respect, thankfulness and appreciation.    
Saturday Concerts at San Miguel Chapel - Exceptional Chamber Music performances  support the restoration of this historic structure. The last two performances are at 4PM in the Chapel on August 18th and August 25th. 
Cornerstones' work projects have been rescheduled due to weather. We look forward to beginning again in  early September. During that month, Mora Youth interns will be workring on weekends at various locations in the county. If you'd like to volunteer, please contact Cornerstones for information.
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