“I feel lucky, honored too, but really, really lucky.” This was the response from a Tuba City High School student who is Hopi when he was asked how he felt about being Indian.
Recognizing, understanding, celebrating and renewing ties to culture and tradition was what this entire past week was all about. Administrators felt it was so important for their student population a memo was issued to endorse the week-long cultural activities for all of Tuba City District’s seven schools.
What made this week even more special is that other cultures were featured alongside American Indian activities. Maori, Hawaiian, Hispanic, African American, and Anglo cultures all had something to contribute.
Activities varied from traditional art forms like moccasin making, to plant identification and use, construction of traditional play forms made from mud to singing songs in native languages. Discussions about constellations were given to primary and middle school students. Wearing traditional clothing was heavily encouraged as well as conversing in one’s own first Native language.
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