Day number five

Starting of the day with great exercise from Hector Pacheco and John. We practiced the strikes and blocks from the day before and implemented them into a game. We also practiced different formations and strategies that will be used tomorrow. I led half of the group on a four minute run and ran a few more times with the rest of the group. It was a very useful exercise because, I practiced along with my brothers, to form a single being/ entity.

Then, working on my common application essay was a very fun and idea following session. I was separated from the rest of my class with my peers who had attended the program a year before. I began to brainstorming my essay on my family ancestry and my identity. Once I finished brainstorming about that idea, I started to compare the loss of culture and identity of the native tribes of the entire continent. It really allowed me to express how I feel about the loss of identity and culture my family suffers.

Learning about Aztec Math and working with the Nepoatzintzin is always amazing. Elder Vicente taught the group and I to multiply and divide with 3-digit numbers with using just the Nepoatzintzin. It is such an amazing tool and I am humbled and honored to be able to use such a sacred device from my ancestors. Elder Vicente was very clear in his directions and made it fun for the whole group. He is such a great teacher and has so much knowledge that any one of us can benefit from. At the end of the day, I made baskets with Elder Lori Sisquoc. The basket weaving does require a a large amount of patience. Unfortunately, I was unable to finish a a large basket, but was still a good day.

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