The Institute

    Four Directions Institute is currently constructing its new campus at Hesperia Lake, Hesperia, California.  Phase I of the project is approximately 75% complete and 86% funded.  Completing this phase will necessitate the securing of an additional $100,000 in capital grant funding.


The Institute ...


     All of the Native American cultures of North America are represented in the Four Directions Institute presentation, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central and South America. Nonetheless, particular emphasis is placed upon the native peoples of California, particularly the local cultures.
     Four Directions Institute, as a result of research conducted by Julie LaMay, Ph.D. and her resulting subsequent curriculum development, patterns its pedagogy after that of cultures native to North America. This pedagogy recognizes Foundation and Conception as being inherent to all preliterate learning and employs its tool Immersion to achieve its ultimate goal, Invention. Further, this pedagogical theory is passed on to those who pass through the Four Directions Institute experience.
Teacher Classes - The Institute, in conjunction with and as an extension of University of California, Riverside and California State University, San Bernardino, offers accredited classes in the fields of Native American Studies. These classes are designed for student pursuing for-graduation credit, for teachers who need continuing education and in-service credit, and for the public-at-large. These classes are presently offered at venues throughout California. Upon completion of the facility described herein, most classes will be offered in that facility. Classes addressed in this program are:
Teaching History, Geography, and Culture of California Indians in 3rd and 4th Grades
Teaching History, Geography, and Culture of Indians of the United States to 1850 in 5th Grade
Teaching History, Geography, and Culture of Indians of the United States from 1850 to Present in the 8th Grade
Teaching Legal and Other Current Issues Affecting Native Americans in the 11th Grade
Degree Programs - Four Directions Institute intends, within two years of the completion of Phase I construction, to apply for permanent accreditation and to offer self-study Masters and Ph.D. degrees. These programs will be specific to Native American Studies with emphases in Anthropology, History, Education, Art, Literatures, and Sociology. Studies will include class requirements, peer assignments, and research thesis or dissertation as applicable. No graduate level degrees are presently offered in California except at Humbolt State University, which is in the far northwestern corned of the state of California and not readily accessible to potential Southern California students. Further, Humbolt State University is considering discontinuing their Native American Studies program.
On-line classes - The Institute offers an accredited on-line class for 3rd and 4th grade teachers on teaching California Indian history, geography, and culture.
Craft classes - The Institute has and will offer a broad selection of Native American arts and craft classes taught by esteemed artisans including pottery, basket weaving. carving, silver smithing, painting, leather working, bead working, and other crafts. These classes typically extend from one day to one week. On-site camping facilities will accommodate needs for protracted stays.
Student field trips - The Institute works with area schools providing immersed experiences for 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, and 11th grade students pursuant to California education standards. The experiences include cultural immersion, historical enactments, and nature exposure.
Cultural events - The site features an annual pow wow, group camp outs, and historically and culturally accurate museum displays designed to promote cultural interaction and understanding and to eliminate stereotyping.
Web site - The Institute publishes a web site at which offers cultural information, research information, and on-line classes.