Cultivating Ancestral Foodways: Nixtamal Masterclass


3:30 to 6 a.m., Nov. 10, 2023
A pile of cooked corn and corn husks.
Course Instructor(s)

In this Nixtamal Masterclass instructor and chef Sewa Yuli Portela will break down the process of working with nixtamal (corn) with hands -on cooking demonstrations and open dialogue on tracing our traditional Foodways and preserving cultural memory through recipes and storytelling. This class will focus on teaching the powerful significance of rematriation and genetic memory through corn seeds and will include elements of:

      Oral tradition, corn history and creation stories

      Nixtamal instructions with varied methods of preparing

      Hands on tortilla making with demonstrations

Course Format

Masterclasses are a newer feature of the SBS Community Classroom Program. Masterclasses are taught by an expert instructor as a one-time workshop-style class. The class will be interactive according to the subject matter and students will get the opportunity for Q&A with the instructor(s).

Attendance & Participation

Cultivating Ancestral Foodways: Nixtamal Masterclass is one course from the three-part Cultivating the Desert Series. You have the option to participate in any of the three separate courses (Creating Your Own Backyard Biodiversity, Growing Wellness: Gardening in the Desert Southwest and Cultivating Ancestral Foodways: Nixtamal Masterclasses) or save on tuition by attending the whole series. This bundling option is available at the time of registration. This course is limited to 25 participants.


$30 per masterclass or $85 for the full series


Refunds are available. They must be requested at least 48 hours before the start of the class. Individuals who register for the Masterclass bundle and need to arrange for cancelation and/or refund, please contact Stephanie Noriega at A $10 administrative fee for each cancellation will apply.


Online registration for this course will open August 1, 2023 at 9 AM. After registration, participants will receive a receipt of registration. Subsequently, participants will receive class instructions 1 week before the start of the course.