The project, according to Southwest High School art teacher Beth Benavent, is an attempt to recreate pottery techniques used by the Kumeyaay Indians in Imperial Valley from 1800-1900 after a presentation by Neal Hitch, director of the Imperial Valley Desert Museum.
Hitch showed Kumeyaay Indian potteries that were part of the Butts/Hammond collection that was donated to the museum.
“This is the first time that these potteries were brought outside of the museum as part of a pilot project,” he said.
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The pilot project is funded by an Imperial Valley Community Foundation grant to bring museum collections into the classroom, Hitch said.