Monday, July 2, 2007
In the classroom
Howdy, Eric here again. Today was our first day at Little Wound High School in Kyle about 45 minutes from where we are staying. The rest of this week and next, the whole group will be working on projects there along with other local Lakota youth and Olivia, an instructor there in the art department. Today each student and each adult were given a packet of photos that another participant took before the trip. The packets were unmarked so each of us didn't know who had taken them. The images were supposed to be about family and community. We took the photos and created collages and then explained to the group our impressions of the person whose photos we had assembled. Then the person would identify him or herself and explain the intent behind the images. It was and interesting exercise and reminded me of our many differences but also of our many similarities. The photo above is an image of Devaughn, one of the youth participants from New York as he explains the meaning behind one the photos he took. Also, some of the group spent time today preparing for an upcoming Sun Dance and this evening they went to a sweat lodge. I hope to have them post some first hand accounts of their experiences in the next few days.