Resilience and the art of blue corn tamales

Join us for an engaging, thought provoking, and delicious workshop on Saturday, Aug. 12, 9 a.m. to noon, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Bay Village.

“Resilience” is a common buzzword in contemporary language, but the concept existed in ancient civilizations. One example is the Hopi Tribe, a sovereign nation located in northeastern Arizona. For more than 2,000 years, the Hopi have lived in what is known as the Four Corners region, where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado meet. According to Hopi tradition, when people first emerged into this world from underground, each tribe was allowed to choose an ear of corn and, with it, a way of life. The Hopi took longer to choose and the choice left to them was a short ear of blue corn. The blue corn brought with it a long and difficult life, but it also meant that the Hopi would survive all hard times. In other words: resilience.

In this interactive session, we will explore resilience as a way of surviving difficult times, presently, and through the understanding of the Hopi tradition as well. We will explore the connection of blue corn in the story by actually making (and enjoying!) a traditional food from the Southwest, – blue corn tamales with sweet potato filling, served with ancho chile jam. Come and enjoy!

Please register by calling the office at St. Barnabas, 440-871-6200, or emailing A $10 donation is appreciated, but not required.

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