Today we had a flower war, it was testing us to use our defensive moves we leaned the other day, I think it was great, exercise,my team showed communication and unity. In Mayan class we all learned our month in there languages and we had our Mayan names giving to us.
With the name “Flower Wars” there is inherent feeling that there might be an aggressive tone to the game. This is not the case. Flower Wars is a fun game that has two teams compete in a team building manner. As we would play, it was easy to observe that one of the objectives of the game was to give support to your team where it was needed. You couldn’t succeed in beating the other team unless your team was great with supporting one another. These positive messages should included with our policies regarding the environment. If we do not support endangered species then it is possible the whole ecosystems could collapse ultimately hurting us and the environment. This also related to the mistreatment of indigenous communities in that we are hurting people that are on our own team, humanity.
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, I learned the importance of communication and strategy through the Mexica Flower wars by how the first round my group didn’t know what to do because we were not led properly and we were basically running around like headless chickens. On the second round on the other hand, we were coordinated and actually communicated with each other, and that led us to a victory. Communication and strategy actually makes a big difference in your team if you are actually willing to listen.
In Angela’s class, we talked about environmental issues and Law issues. With the environmental issues we talked about oil, cultural land and pollution. With laws we talked about discrimination and how some law enforcement is not always good.
Today we played the Mexica Flower Wars with Hector. It was a great way to communicate, bond, and listen to everyone’s idea on what to do so we can strive. Earlier that day we talked about Indigenous rights and Environmental issues. I believe that there is a way these two things can help one another. When we discussed about all the issues on the Navajo Nation, I felt as if we need to do something. In the Mexica game we had to communicate and come to an agreement on what to do as a family/community. We as a community can help it by communicating with each other so we can benefit our society. When we do this we then can have less issues because we all understand the problem!!
How can the concepts of communication and community that you practiced in Mexica Flower Wars with Hector help us solve some of the environmental and Indigenous rights issues that you discussed earlier in the day with Angela?
Think about the topics you presented on from your own communities with Angela.
Reflect on what you shared in the circle after Mexica Flower Wars.
Brainstorm! Get creative! Think out of the box!