Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Day 4 - Diné College Tour and classes

Editor's Note: Lots of photos today. Unless otherwise noted, photos are by Tom Grier and Chops Hancock

We had a very full day. We started with breakfast together in the cafeteria, then had class to get things organized for tomorrow's first interviews with our Navajo elders. Before lunch we had a tour of the Diné College campus.

We spent nearly an hour with Diné College President, Dr. Ferlin Clark who described the philosophy of teaching the Navajo Way at the college. 

Later, we had a class on Diné college history from our host faculty member, Dr. Miranda Haskie.

Dr. Anthony Lee, president of the Navajo Medicine Men organization, and a retired Diné College faculty member, described Navajo culture related to teaching. He also helped us understand more about the ceremonies medicine men use to bring Navajos back into hozho: harmony with the natural world. 

Alex Mitchell, director of the Diné College Museum, led a tour of those facilities which include pottery, interpretive photographs of Dinetah, the ancestral homeland of the Diné people, a multi-paneled mural of the Navajo creation story, and a ceremonial hogan.

In the later afternoon, a small group drove to Window Rock for groceries and stopped to see Window Rock park. A nice young man, Lionel, gave us a hiking tour up to the window which made for some cool photos. The first two photos are by David Busse.

Andrew Neumann stayed on the ground to create these amazing photos looking up at us in the "window."

This next photo was taken by our Navajo guide, Lionel.

Then we had a nice conversation with Lionel and his parents., Chubby and Peny, who showed us some of their beautiful pottery. Lionel's Dad, Chubby, Shot this group photo.

Our whole WSU-DC group will visit Window Rock Thursday.

At the end of a long day, Cory Hinz made this great sunset image from the top of Window Rock.

We spent the evening getting equipment ready for the first interviews with Navajo elders tomorrow (Tuesday).

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