SOOOOO this was a great two weeks staying at Pitzer. I made so many friends and learned a lot of information that will help me with college. When I first arrived i thought that since people that already came knew each other, so i thought that i was going to make no friends. But I thought wrong i made so many strong friendships with students and mentors. All of the mentors had a great sense of humor expectantly Aoloni. I think that since Aolani is so close to my age that how we got along so well. I’m greatfull for Weliyah, Michelle, Lohci, Alejandro, Aoloni, and Adrian for making this a great two weeks. I want to thank Julia for excepting us as her own grandchildren and for her for sharing her culture. I want to thank Genna and Gina for showing us how to photo shop and helping with us with all the blogs. One think that will be forever in my memories is all the classes and all the free time that all of us spent together. One major memorize is when we all traveled to Wishtoyo and all bonded in a way that will never be broken. This was one programs is now going into the books.
For these past couple days we have had a jammed schedule and most of these sessions have been real deep conversations. One sessions was with Julia and was about what our ancestors left us and what we are going to leave the future generation when we leave this world. We also have learned a lot about Mayan math and which was a bit confusing until we understood the concept. One thing that will really help me is the academic writing because it is about the personal essay for the common college application. The thing that was really amazing was the basket weaving. I easily caught on which made it more easy for me to finish quickly. On Sunday we had a photo shoot and everyone had time to take pictures and be the director and be the documentary person. we learned how to photo shop us into other backgrounds and edit them so we actually look like we are in the pictures. Today we had a presentation about animation of anatomy. For this presentation the lady was the person who made some of the human and animal figures in the Disney movies. For instance she did the movie Mulan, The Lion King, Trazan, and Brother Bear. Overall I think these presentations will be helpful in the long run.
So what I did for my photo shops was of a couple of pictures of our sacred mountains that are a big part in our culture. What I want to show is that the new generation that are slowly fading from our religion. and one photo they are coming back to the the culture. This is what my photos mean to me.
So on Tuesday we traveled all the way to Malibu to go to a village called Whishtoyo. Whishtoyo is a chumash village that has been in at this site for 8,000 years. When we first arrived, they village welcomed us with some wonderful songs. when we first arrived we had a welcoming ceremony, then we had lunch, next we went to the beach. when we where at the beach, a huge wave took me out and took my glasses. The next day we left early morning to the Island of Limuw. Limuw is the original home to the chumash people. What we did at Limuw was snorkeling and kayaking. The next day we did a moot trial with the UCLA law students. The last day we had a closing ceremony which was a great time then. This was a great experience in my life.
Today we had a three hour workshop with game design and which we created our own game with we could play with a modified version of a modern day game. We also watched an indigenous movie which the title was Spirit Games Pride of the Nation. This was a touch movie and was very heartwarming that this nation still plays there traditional games just like mine. What we where told was the Iroquois have there own passports but are not nationally recognized by the USA and Canada. This is one thing that I have learned today.
Today we played Mexica flower wars and we also started a projects about our tribe. one way that these two can relate is because you have to use both communication and trust with your community. this is how today has been.
Today was my first day at Native Youth to College summer program and when I first got here I was late and everybody had already checked in and meet each other. Then there was me who had not anyone, but now i have made a couple friends here and still learning peoples names. Today I have learned a lot about other peoples culture and still learning about where they are from. Also was great to learn about martial arts from other cultures.