Yesterday, we had to preform a little Talent show for the Japanese at Pitzer College. It was fun. 😛 I really loved it. they loved it and they had fun. I went up and did some hula dancing. lol. I liked it. I kinda messed up on it… But I did okaiz. 🙂
Yesterday was…. a very AWESOME day! I didn’t know we were going to Universal Studios! We had to get up early and… we were all tired and we fell asleep in the car…. and…. when I woke up…. I see that we were in Hollywood. And I also see that we were entering Universal Studios! I was all “Omggs!!!!! Universal!!” Some of my friends never been to Universal Studios! Man! It was awesome and we even got V.I.P passes!!! I thank Scott and I thank to Universal!! Wow! It was my first time having a V.I.P pass!! We toured around the studios! We even saw King Kong 360 in 3D! I loved it!! That was EPIC! And we even get to tour around Little Europe and the other buildings! We also went inside the set of ParentHood! I loved it! Everything inside of the house was very realistic! We also went to the prop studio and looked at the props! Haha! I laughed at one prop… and it was the raptor from Jurrasic Park and… it was all dressed up and it was called the GaGasarous! (I dunno how to spell it?) But… That was funny! I really loved the prop house! I just wanted to call it that. 😉 Annnyyywwaaayyss! We were on the rides and I wanted to go and see the House of Horrors!!!!! When we were approaching there… I saw this actor acting like Dracula and I wanted to take a pic with him. lol I can still feel the fangs right on my neck (On the left side. lol And this morning I can still feel it. lol) Anyways, we went to the House of Horrors, Fabian and Rebecca didn’t want to go in, I ran in there!! And it had all of these models of the Horror movies that Universal has made since the 60s? 50s? But… The House of Horrors was AMAZING! And I loved it! That is my favorite thus far. 😀 x)
The Farmer’s Market was interesting. Tried freshly squeezed orange juice and apple juice. Haha! It was REALLY good. 😉 I liked it. 😀 Haha! Scott brought over his beautiful Husky, Mison, and he was really friendly and he had just…. beautiful blue eyes. I love Huskys. 🙂 Bulldogs are my favorite. 😉 Anyways, at the Farmer’s Market in Pomona was really small n’ nice. 🙂 The fruit there was amazing!
The movie called “In Whose Honor?” It talks ’bout a young Native American woman, Charlene Teters, who protests ’bout American Indian mascots in Sports. She was offended when she saw the “Chief”, the mascot of Illinois University, preformed a weird dance in the crowd that wasn’t even…. An actual Peoria Tribe dance! She was offended and started to protest ’bout Native Americans are Human beings, not a mascot!! But… People started pulling on her hair and she was spit at for… Protesting ’bout the “Chief” mascot of Illinois University. She kept going! She was a really, really strong and confident you Native American woman! She said that these weird dances the University preforms in these sports n’ games…. Are NOT actual Native American dances! They were offensive to her and her people. Her and her people continue to protest ’bout the mascots they use and everything else that’s fake and that.. was really offensive to them. That movie… was intense! And that to me… made me angry! And I, too, am offended ’bout the… things they put up with Native Hawaiians! And that… offended me, too… I am proud of being Native Hawaiian, but… I wish I could do something like that for my family and my culture. It still offends me, today. I really wanna do something like that n’ protest ’bout these thing that offends us. I really do. Hey! I’ll be hated n’ spit at! I don’t care! I’ll fight back! Those who put me down! I’ll fight back! And those who’re reading this… Will understand of how, WE, Native Americans and Hawaiians, feel… For the things that OFFEND us. And I think today… They’re still doing that to Native Hawaiians as well. That movie “In Whose Honor?” was just amazing! That just touched me and my Native American side. I wish I was there, too. I am thankful for Charlene for what she did for her people and her culture. Thank you ever so much. (^w^) That just awakened my Native American spirit. 😉
for more information about this documentary go to:
- Why did you want to make this film?
- What message do you want to bring to the audience?
- How long did you plan to make of this movie?
- Have you seen these… horrific scenes in the boarding schools? And what evil and torture they would do to Native Americans?
- Do you have any personal connection to the characters in the movie?
I was so excited and tired at the same time and looking forward to see the anatomy lab at the Western University of Health Sciences. When we got their my stomach was all twisted n’ I had butterflies as well. We did the Sage before we head into the school… Umma… We also listened to one of the doctors who worked there, they talked ’bout the differences in studying heart beats and how to treat neck pains and other pains in the body. When that was done, we head over to the anatomy lab. I was really nervous! I said a little prayer and I was confident, so… When we got their…. We went into the lab coat room and this odor-like-smell just quickly went into my nostrils and it was just bad and gross! We put on the lab coats and then we head into the anatomy lab, and I see all of these…. Dead bodies…. All wrapped up! And…. The smell in the lab wasn’t that bad at all. I looked around and saw on top of the shelves were some organs inside these jars! It was amazing! And I see all of the different organs on the trays… Different shapes of the heart, the lung, and chopped up pieces of the human brain! I was soooooo excited! I was the first one to get to hold one of these awesome human organs! The lung, from a smoker, was…. very big! And some of the sides were all hard and some of the parts of the lung was…. squishy, and some of it was soft. Then we moved onto the hearts! The heart was, like, the size of my face! Well… Kinda. lol Anyways, It was amazing! I loved the anatomy lab! We didn’t get to see an actual human cadaver, sadly. I was sad. 😦 I wanted to dissect a human cadaver and see it. 😦 But… I had fun, anyways. 🙂
One of these experiences here at Pitzer College is the movie that we saw yesterday was called “Older than America” that was a pretty intense film! Made by a young Native American named Georgina Lightning. The film touched me…. and… the boarding school they built for the Native Americans…. was horrific! I cried! It made me sad of what these Europeans did to our family members, I mean it was just… in the 1970s and that, to me, was not too long ago. I am proud to be Native Hawaiian and Native American. And I am happy to be here. This is amazing for me. I’mma sure that you’ll enjoy and experience here at Pitzer College and learn ’bout the Native American culture and experience the culture! Learn more ’bout yourself! Learn more ’bout your ancestors and what they did and have been through. Be proud of you and your culture. Be who you really are. 🙂
For more information about the movie visit the website. 😀
-Jana Lyn Chang
Hello! This is my first time here at the Native Program and I am excited to experience what it’s like to interact with my Native American culture. This school here, at Pitzer College, is amazing! I love it! And I’m sure you will too!