Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pre-Travel Class - Day 2

Today (Wednesday, May 30, 2012) was the second day of the Navajo Oral History class -- a collaboration between Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota, and Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation.

The class was held via ITV with the Minnesota and Arizona classrooms connected despite the nearly 1,500 miles that separates them.

Students listened to short lectures from the class faculty: Miranda Haskie of Diné College and Tom Grier and Robbie Christiano of Winona State University.


After the ITV part of class ended, Robbie Christiano led a tutorial on how to operate the group's video gear.

In the evening, the Winona students attended a BBQ social at Tom and Julie Grier's house and watched a documentary about life on the Navajo reservation.

Next week, the students will be in the field on the Navajo Nation, completing service projects for Navajo elders, then interviewing the elders -- gathering photographs, video and audio. The college student groups will produce documentaries about five Navajo elders which will be permanently archived at the Navajo Nation Museum and Library as well as at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian.


  1. Good morning Since Catalonia ( Spain). I am very proud of my daughter *Elisenda and wish you to all a lot of luck and that these three weeks are a vital experience of those that remember all the life.
    Many thank you Doctor Tom. Definitely I will go you following .
    It is all a pleasure read you and know all what will do.
    An embrace. Joana

    1. Thank you for your kind words. We are pleased Eli is a part of our class. She brings an additional dimension of diversity and will surely teach us something of her culture from Spain at the same time we learn deeply about Navajo culture. Plus, she brings significant skill and experience in visual journalism to the class. I know you will be proud of your daughter's efforts -- and those of the entire class.