NavajoKentuckians at Twin Arrows

On June 27-29, 2013, Vice President Rex Lee Jim, Brent Peters, and Navajo students and teachers will be presenting the next installment of the NavajoKentuckians collaboration- “Digital Learning for the American Indian Student” at Twin Arrows Casino & Resort. Read following posts for commentary and reflection on the conference. Also see discussions from the conference in the following posts. For more information about attendance, please see the link below.


Day 3- Bardstown Road Farmers Market and Work time

Day 3 was the final day for the Navajo Students in Kentucky. The group started the day at the Bardstown Rd. farmers market. They were able to mingle with people and discuss the work that they had been doing. After the farmers market, all students went back to Fern Creek where they began making video projects about the things they had learned throughout the course of the trip. Once projects were finished, students were able to enjoy eachothers company for the rest of the day. The day ended with a family dinner. All students were sad as final goodbyes were exchanged, realizing that what once was a collaboration of students became a family.

Questions for the students on the trip:

What connections were you starting to make as you visited the farmers market and worked to produce your final project?

How has the trip changed you since the end of the workshops?

Due to technical problems, the photos of day 3 were lost during the editing process.

Day 2- Field Day Family Farms, and Downtown Louisville

The third day was very exciting for the entire group. They started the day by having a delicious breakfast at Field Day Family Farms. After breakfast, the Food Literacy Project gave a presentation on food issues in Louisville, and their mission to educate people on the availability of healthy food. Then the group of students broke into three groups and rotated between making homemade pizza, planting potatoes, and interviewing the main farmer Ivor Chodkowski and the director of The Food Literacy Project, Angelique Perez. Once the groups were done rotating, they ate their homemade pizza’s. Then they got on the bus and headed downtown to 21 C. After a tour and discussion with the head chef at their restaurant, the group headed to the mayor’s office to present all the work that has been done through Food Lit. and The NavajoKentuckians collaboration. The Mayor was very excited for all the work that the students had done. After the mayors office, it was time for some fun. The group split into two groups- one went to Harvest Cafe and the other went to the Mayan Cafe. After delicious dinners and time for camaraderie, it was baseball time. The students visited Louisville Slugger Field for a Bats game. After a long day, students reluctantly retired to their hotel, closing the book on another eye-opening day.

Questions for the students on the trip:

Finish this sentence: Overall, the farm experience was…

What did you share with the Mayor about your personal connection to the NavajoKentuckians collaboration?

What was your key experience of the day? What connections did you make?

Day 1- Kenny’s Country Cheese, and Mammoth Cave

The first day began with a tour of Fern Creek High School. The students witnessed the MJROTC drill teams perform, the school garden, and the communications department. Then it was off to Glasgow, Kentucky to see Kenny’s Country Cheese. At Kenny’s Country Cheese, the students gained a deeper understanding of the cheese making process. After the tour, the group was off to one of the 7 wonders of the world- Mammoth Cave. On the trip to the cave,  students chowed down on delicious sandwiches from Mayán Café. Students were awestruck at the natural beauty of the cave. Later that night,students gathered at SmokeTown USA barbecue for a delicious meal. All were exhausted, but anticipated another great day to follow.

Questions for the students on the trip:

What was your greatest realization of the day?

What connections did you make to food/ the food economy in Kentucky?

What were your new experiences throughout the day? Explain their significance.

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On April 24, the second half of “In the Garden of the Home God” commenced. After a long day of travel, the Navajo students reunited with the Kentucky students. They all enjoyed catching up over a delicious meal at Emma Lou’s Café. Although it was a short meeting, the next days were sure to be filled with excitement and adventure.

Questions for Students on the Trip:

What was your first thought after seeing the other group of students?

What were your goals for the return trip?