day 13 zion

today was kind of sad walking out of the computer lab for the last time i was the last person out of the room me and Belmont went to lunch after. the last math class was good tata Vicente told us a creation it was great i will try to remember it. we had lunch it was pretty good better than yesterday. the class with gena the producer was gret she was very open with us and i appreciate it


Leaving Pitzer by Benjamin

Hector and John

Every morning we started it off with John and Hector playing the indigenous games. They taught us good self defense techniques. I would like to thank them for all they have done and all they have taught us. Each morning was tiring but those two guys helped out with waking us all up. Thank you so much Hector and John.


Where do I even start off with him. He is full of so much knowledge and has been nice enough to share that with us. He taught me how to do many math problems on the Nepohualtzintzin. All the stories he knows about the truth of the tool is so amazing. I will keep working on learning more about the Nepohaultzintzin. He even taught us Aztec dancing, it’s so much fun! Vincente’s class was the best out of everyday here at pitzer. Thank you so much Vincente!!!


Shelva has opened my eyes on how to become a better writer than I ever was before. She teaches everyday about writing and on how we could find the right college for us. Finding some colleges that fits for me was good. I liked how she always greeted us with a good attitude every time we came in through the door. Thank you Shelva for all you have done.

Auntie Julia

Antie Julia is the nicest person in the whole world! She gave me many gifts that I know I will cherish for the rest of my life. Even though she didn’t come a lot, I still had a great time with every moment I was with her. Thank you so much Auntie!

Wishtoyo people

Thank you letting us be on your land. Everyday was a good day, learning new things, having fun, swimming, making memories, and Nana’s food!! I had a blast at Wishtoyo for my first time being there. The activities were very nice and I learned a lot. Thank you so much!


Bellmont : Thank you for letting me feel welcome and being there for me. I had an amazing experience being your mentee!I hope I’ll see you next year!!! I am thankful for the talks we had and the bond that will never be broken

Phil Phil Phil! : I had a good time laughing with you, and rapping with you! Thank you so much.

Neeka: We had some funny times, and some serious times. I liked how you agreed with the things I said and you are there for me. Thank you so much Neeka! P.S Thanks for the help with my essay.

Anna: We had some laughs here and there. I am thankful for all that you have done for me! P.S Thanks for the snacks!!

Laura : Thanks you for the conversations and laughs. You helped me with my writing and I am thankful. Thank you so much!

Zara : You are a cool person and I liked how we always laughed at things. Thank you for who you are, and for what you have done for me!

MIKA! : Thank you for all the help you have done! You’re a very smart person. Thank you so much!!


Thank you so much for accepting me here!! You made me experience great!! I want to keep in contact with you all. HMU when y’all in Page! I will miss you all!!!


for the last time.. It’s ya gurl Huitzilin!!

    Mmmmmmm so many thank you’s to say and recognitions. I first want to start with my second year experience here at the program, I had so much fun being away from home I definitely felt very independent while being here. Whoever accepted these students you made such a good choice the students here are so damn cool and free spirited they will always be running through my thoughts like little perritos.  Next I want to thank the beautiful luscious mentors for always laughing at my fuchi yokes and for being so damn awesome and so relaxed especially with me and that also includes Ana, Jenna. Elizabeth. other Elizabeth. Then I want to thank my dude Scott for always checking in with me and having such great trust and hope in me, I also want to thank you for helping to organize such a beautiful program for native yoth and creating that safe space for us to share and be open about our identities and pushing us to be proud of who we are.

  Now for the awesome teachers who came out to take part in this program!. Vicente you  are so amazing and so well educated about everything really I definitely look up to you as my maestro and always will. There were so many good lectures here at the program and the professors and visitors really made sure to make that connection with each and everyone of us and I really appreciate that.

Ansels second to last blog

Todays been pretty weird for me, I woke up in a bad mood feeling pretty grumpy. That negative energy has been following for the most part of the day. Since dinner I have been feeling a lot happier and not grouchy. My favorite part of the day was hearing Tata Vicente speak about my peoples philosophies and breaking down the different images of our creators. I also found that the stories Gayle shared with us were influential especially when there are different indigenous youth that want to pursue careers in media studies. The fact that we have our people trying to tell our stories rather then the white people telling our stories like they have been is one of the most powerful things that is uprising.

Last time as a Pitzer student- Kat



Vincente, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much. For sharing your knowledge and stories. Danza was absolutely amazing, it was a good reminder of the traditional dancing I do at home. I know those teachings are very sacred and I thank you for trusting us with that information. The Nepohualtzintzin is the universe and I look forward to learning more about this historical way of doing math. Your wisdom fills the room, thank you my peaceful elder.

Julia, you are beautiful and you’re a star in my life. You shine so bright for an elder and I respect you so much. Elders like you are truly role models to every youth that they meet and I know you will continue to guide young native people. I’m so grateful for the times i got to be with you from my first year to my last year at Pitzer. From the bracelets to the soap stones to the motivation and to the lessons– I’m glad I got to spend one of your birthdays with you. I am truly grateful that I got a chance to sing for you and I hope to see you again.

Josie, your voice is absolutely amazing. You empower me and really showed me how to project my voice, especially for prayer. Traditional songs can be difficult to share but it was a blessing to receive the songs that you shared. I love how you started an all woman singing group and people like you really push me to want to be a stronger person when I’m older. Thank you.

Gayle, your documentary is beautiful. I could tell that you worked very hard to finish it and that you faced a lot of obstacles that plague you and still to this day. Like everyone else you are someone I look up and you’re another native woman that I can use to motivate me throughout my life.

Katherine, I wish you the best on your memoir. I love your name and I loved the way that you taught us. I’m excited to use these different writing techniques throughout my life and I will really take into account that you are a colored person that fought hard for what you believe in and I strive to be like that some day.

Joshua, thank you for the songs and teachings it’s very important for our youth to hear the truth especially coming from another native person so thank you again.

Shelva, you have played a huge role in who I have become as a writer. I want to thank you for everything that you have done. My confidence has been really built up because of you and especially this past time I was here. You’re a beautiful human being and I great professor and I hope I find teachers like you throughout my educational career. I love you, Shelva!



Thank you,

Katherine Jefferson (Kat)


Second to last day :(

I feel bad that there is only two days left in this program, i wish i had more time to get to know everyone better in this program but i’m really happy and thankful for the time i did have and the amazing people i met in this program. I like coming to these programs because i can become friends and bond with people in a way that i cant bond with people at school. with that i want to say that i can’t express enough gratitude or appreciation to all the mentors and most of all the students i met here in the program. Y’all some amazing people and it was very cool learning more about your cultures and your identities as natives and yea, thanks a lot. I appreciate y’all so much even if your somebody i haven’t said much although it doesn’t look like it but y’all make my day. thank you.


Christine’s – Love to my Professors

To my professors… These past two weeks have been absolutely amazing especially having your classes. Vicente Candonache… I have always known about the nepohuantzintzin but the way you introduced to me really shocked me and I enjoyed every second of your class. In the beginning I didn’t think you could do so much with the nepo but now I know how to add, subtract, divide, multiply and even do square roots because of the knowledge you brought to us in these past 2 weeks. I enjoyed all your stories and games you brought to us and I cant wait to be able to take the knowledge you shared with us and even share it with my school. I also would like to tell you how much I appreciate that you brought danza into our classes because Ienjoy doing danza, i have done it since 6th grade and doing it today brought me so much joy. Today was my last day sitting in those hard plastic chairs in that cold room but I will miss that room for it was always brightened up by the faces of everyone enjoying your class so much. So with this all I can say is thank you.

Shelva Paulse… I have to say I was rather scared of even the thought of college in the beginning of the pitzer program even at the end of my junior year. I had so much fear in my personal statement and even had no clue what I would write about. Well now… with the help of you i can say I cant wait to go to college and i cant wait to begin the process of it. Shelva thank you for all you have taught me and for helping me begin this process of heading towards college. I will never forget any of you 

Peace and love Christine