Day 3- 1st Day of the Conference

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?



Day 2- Part Two- Lunch at Window Rock High School & Canyon de Chelly

After touring Window Rock, Arizona for a few hours, the students were off to Window Rock High School to have lunch with some students, and see what a Navajo High School is like. Their visit started with a short tour of the school, then it was on to the food! Many Fern Creek students were amazed at the selection of food available at the high school, and were not shy when taking a portion of most of the items. Over lunch, many bonds were created, and relationships fostered. Once lunch was over, students piled into the bus, and headed for Canyon de Chelly (pronounced canyon de shey). Students were awestruck when they beheld one the the 7 wonders of Navajo land. Finally, the second day in the Navajo Nation ended; students were exhausted, but the experiences yet to come were even greater than the previous.

Questions for the Navajo and Kentucky students:

1. What were some of the major differences between Fern Creek, and Window Rock high school?

2. What were your thoughts traveling through such a vast landscape?

3. What were your expectations for the conference?

(Choose at least one)

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Photos courtesy of Courtney Ellis