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CARPIO BERNAL

Theatre Teacher, Multimedia Workshop: Jewelry, Storytelling and Music

Carpio Bernal is an accomplished multimedia artist from the Taos Pueblo. His skills include: American Indian weaponry, basketry, sculpture, masks, storytelling, jewelry, traditional pottery, as well drum and flute making. His work is on display at his studio gallery, “House of Water Crow”, in Taos, New Mexico.

In addition to traditional American Indian arts and crafts, Carpio has an extensive background in theater and film. He worked consistently throughout the 1970’s and 80’s, traveling with a number of theater troupes, acting in films, and including his experience in dance and American Indian culture. From 1972 to 1975, he was part of the American Indian Theater Ensemble, which was based at the La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York City and toured across the United States and Europe. Carpio has also been a part of several repertory theater companies including the Peter Brook Repertory Company that did an in-residence workshop at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Southern Ute Theatre Troupe that performed “Wee Sief” (The Red Feather), a play dealing with the social and culture issue of assimilating cultures, and Twana Dance Group. He acted in the films Human Highway (1978), directed by Neil Young, and Dead or Alive (1988), and choreographed the native dance scenes in Backtrack (1988), directed by Dennis Hopper.

Carpio brings his decades of experience to The Art Ranch, to create a multimedia workshop that incorporates his talents and skills as a teacher and performer of American Indian and theater arts.