Today (Friday) we got up at 4 a.m., packed the vans and headed for Albuquerque, New Mexico -- about a five hour drive from Tsaile, Arizona.
The group that is doing their oral history documentary on Navajo elder Harry Walters, had an appointment to visit with David Brugge, a retired University of New Mexico anthropology professor, who has worked with, and been friends with, Harry for many years.
Steph Precourt, Andrew Neumann, Miranda Haskie and I met with Professor Brugge in one of the reading rooms of the UNM Library and had a nice visit for about 45 minutes.
Following the interview, we were set to head to the airport. Amazingly, Miranda and Vernon Haskie had parked their car very near where our vans were parked. Vern was having trouble with his starter. In typical Minnesota motorist fashion, I pulled one of our vans around and we gave the Haskies a jump-start and we were all on our way.
We returned one van to the car rental facility at Albuquerque Sunport International Airport, and the group boarded the shuttle to the main airport terminal. The NWA flight from ABQ-MSP was a bit behind schedule. I received a report via cellphone from Andrew around 6:15 p.m. that the plane had landed and everyone was safely back in Minnesota and heading in separate directions.
I'm driving one van back to Minnesota, loaded down with the video, audio, photography and camping equipment.
Our class members will work on their projects individually over the next 10 days and will stay in contact with their group mates through email or on-line video chat sessions. We meet as a class on Monday and Tuesday, June 29 and 30, via ITV between WSU and Diné College, to see first drafts of projects and get feedback.
The next blog report will most likely occur around the time of those classes.