Questions to Answer at the Twin Arrows Conference

Please answer at least one of these questions:

What is your role as a “Big Mama”?

What food is sacred to you, and why?

Instructions for answering:

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17 thoughts on “Questions to Answer at the Twin Arrows Conference

  1. As a big mama my job is to make sure that my family eats healthy and lessen fast foods.
    What sacred; fruits and whole fresh vegetables, also home grown is the sacred way to go to live longer and to exercise too.

  2. Corn is the most sacred food because it is healthy and you can prepare it in many different ways and enjoy it. You grow it yourself in your yard where you don’t have to travel for it.

    My role as a Big Mama is to help people make healthy choices–don’t just lay around–excercise daily–enjoy your food when you eat it, don’t try to eat too fast/too much. Eat slowly.

    (Submitted for Janie Henderson)

  3. Traditional Dine corn is sacred; it’s sacred because it is a food as well as an offering in many ceremonial uses. Corn can be made into many traditional foods such as blue corn mush, blue bread, kneeldown, dry corn soup, and so forth.

    As a Big Mama, I try to encourage good nutrition at all meals. I’ve been eating a lot of blue corn meal lately.

    (Submitted for a Twin Arrows workshop participant)

  4. Sage is sacred for cermonial purposes. Boil the sage in cold water, then drink the juice to clean your immune system. To help defeat sugar diabetes, overcome your laziness. Blue corn mush. Defeat all disease, be more energetic, and eat more natural foods.

    Taking care of my two girls is my role [as a Big Mama]. I provide traditional teaching and compare it with Western education.

    (Submitted for Anderson Jones from Chinle School District #24)

  5. Corn is used in a variety of ways to make food and used for traditional purposes.

    [Big Mamas] should educate our students on tradition.

    (Submitted for a Twin Arrows workshop participant)

  6. Traditional cultural food is sacred–food made of corn and from sheep–some of our old traditional Navajo food.

    [As a Big Mama] I keep my family together–and try to be a good example–even healthwise. I’ve changed my life due to some harships I’ve been through.

    (Submitted for a Twin Arrows workshop participant)

  7. Corn, I say this because it is not only used as a food source but as a traditional item.

    [My role as a Big Mama] involves dinner at the table every evening (except for Saturday unless we are home). My mother and father taught me the importance of family and family time.

    (Submitted for Shannon Boyd)

  8. Sacred Food is fruits and veggies.
    Native corn recipes are sacred–practice learning these recipes.

    Role as a Big Mama is to grill, boil, and broil your food.

    (Submitted for a Twin Arrows Workshop participant)

  9. Corn. I grew up on a farm, and I was raised on fresh produce (veggies and fruit) and when I see what my kids eat it makes me sad that they don’t have access to fresh produce as I did growing up.

    [As a Big Mama] I budget wisely in order to purchase fresh produce.

    (Submitted for a Twin Arrows workshop participant)

  10. Corn, because it is life. Our elders prepared food from corn, and there was no diabetes back then, and we worked a lot or went after the sheep on foot.

    I try to prepare healthy produce and organic food. No junk food. We drink a lot of water and walk a lot with my children. They play volleyball as well

    (Submitted for Lorraine Jackson from Dilcon Community School)

  11. Corn is the most sacred food for me and my family. Corn is me, my everyday life. Corn is used in many different ways. There are a lot to list. Every part of corn is used.

    [My] role as a “Big Papa”—is to encourage healthy eating. My job is to incorporate Navajo Language to encourage healthy living vocabulary, farming vocabulary, etc

    (Submitted for Professor Thomas Littleben Jr. from Dine College)

  12. Fruits and vegetables [are the most sacred].

    [As a Big Mama] I wish to endorse the student project [the Navajo Kentuckians] sponsored by the Vice President’s office. Support changing and improving nutrition and health choices at schools.

    (Submitted for Lolita Paddock from Flagstaff Bordertown Dormitory)

  13. I would say all food is sacred to me–starting from corn, to all vegetables, fruits, and meats to balance our bodies’ needs.

    [Big Mamas] bring order to life and provide choice of healthy eating. Always looking at the future to see our youth. We need to prepare them to lead us.

    (Submitted for Sarah T.)

  14. The Home garden is sacred. Corn would be my choice. Why? Corn has always been a part of our tradition and culture. Corn can be made as a main dish. Corn is made in a variety of dishes.

    My role is to continue to teach my children/grandchildren in making healthy choices. And continue to teach them the importance of having our own garden at home.

    (Submitted for Grace)

  15. Corn and mutton but it must be prepared to bring some good nutrition and enhancement to health. With contemporary lifestyle, we’re now adding sugar and bad cooking oil to prepare our sacred food.

    My role is being a leader and a role model to promote and perpetuate teachings passed on to the students. Advocate healthy eating and lifestyle to our Navajo people to increase community education.

    (Submitted for Mae-Gilene Begay from Rough Rock Community School)

  16. White, yellow, red, and blue corn is sacred. Because of the way of the Navajo culture every corn represents the sared mountains and the four directions of life. This makes it sacred for our Navajo way of life, and it is used in traditional ceremonies.

    My role is to implement the Navajo culture and language in our daily lives with cooking, living, surroundings, and with our friends and loved ones on how we need to value ourselves as a Dine Nation.

    (Submitted for Terlyn Sherlork)

  17. Blue corn is sacred.

    My role is to share stories and memories with my children to instill values that my parents, grandparents, and family shared with me.

    (submitted by Leandra Begaye from Greasewood Springs Community Schools)

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