The third day was kicked off with a delicious breakfast at Diné College. To begin the conference, Vice President Rex Lee Jim performed a traditional Navajo Ceremony; it was a great experience for all of the visiting Kentuckians. The first presentation of the conference was done by Brent Peters and Joe Franzen, the teachers of Food Lit. They led everybody in the workshop through making a food map consisting of favorite dishes, meals that have left an imprint on life, and experiences themselves. After a break for lunch, the conference was in full throttle again with a presentation by Sydney Ames, Spencer Brown, and Devin Brown on the question, “Is food sacred?”. They asked 5 simple, but thought provoking questions: “What is the definition of sacred?”, “What is a food that is sacred to you?”, “How do you treat a food that is sacred to you?”, “At what point does a sacred food lose its status as sacred?”, and “What happens when you differ in action from what you believe about sacred foods?”. After much discussion and collaboration, the first day of the conference ended. Spirits were high in anticipation for what the next day would bring.
Questions for the Navajo Students:
1. What were the major takeaways from the first presentations? Thoughts after presentations?
2. What were your first impressions from the Kentucky students? (Be honest, but not brutal)
Questions for the Kentucky Students:
1. For presenting students: How do you think your presentation went? Any comments?
2. For participating students: How do you think their presentations went? Any comments?
3. For all students: What were your expectations for the next day?
4. What was your first impression of the Navajo Students? (Again, honest, not brutal)
5. What are the expectations for Day 2 of the conference?