The second half of the class period involved a tutorial on using audio gathering hardware, narration technique, and audio software and editing tools. The class also included a short tutorial on quick and easy ways to edit and improve photos using Photoshop software.
After lunch, a group of students and I went to Keith Little's home in Crystal, New Mexico, to build a raised walkway ramp between two parts of his home. This walkway, will allow better accessibility for Keith to get around his home while he is in a wheelchair.
In the middle of the project we had to drive about 45 minutes to Window Rock to the hardware store for some materials, then back to finish the job. The result was a very useful ramp that Keith really appreciated. His wife, Nellie, kept saying "Nizhoni, Nizhoni, Nizhoni...."
The team who worked on the project-- Robbie Christiano, Dave Dvorak, Tom Grier, Tashina Johnson, and Michael Ruka-- were proud to do this simple task for Keith Little, a decorated war hero, to make his life better.
(The space for the ramp... Before.)
(Michael Ruka, project foreman, measuring before lumber is cut. Measure twice -- cut once.)
(Dave Dvorak cutting a length of lumber with help from Robbie Christiano and Michael Ruka, whileTashina Johnson supervises.)
(Tashina Johnson and Robbie Christiano cutting lumber to length for the project.)
(Tom Grier and Robbie Christiano preparing one of the ramp supports. Photo by Tashina Johnson)
(Tashina Johnson nailing the ramp to support cross pieces.)
(Michael Ruka, Robbie Christiano and Dave Dvorak putting the ramp in place.)
(Robbie Christiano, Dave Dvorak, Michael Ruka and Tashina Johnson testing the strength of the ramp.)
(Keith and Nellie Little trying out the new ramp.)
(Keith Little and the Ramp Work Crew.)
In the evening, the students were hard at work on their projects: transcribing the interviews with the elders, reviewing and selecting still photographs, and getting started on editing sections of the video interviews.
(Michael Ruka and Alyssa Reimers)
On Wednesday, the groups will be out in the field again to finish their interviews and to gather b-roll video to add visual interest to their projects.