"Ultima came to stay with us the summer I was almost seven. When she came the beauty of the llano unfolded before my eyes, and the gurgling waters of the river sang to the hum of the turning earth. The magical time of childhood stood still, and the pulse of the living earth pressed its mystery into my living blood."
Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

Saturday, January 24, 2009

We make it entertaining

On Thursday we went to Santa Fe again. We went (after a detour or two) to Museum Hill to the Museum of Native American Arts and Culture. The exhibit had a lot of stuff like arrowheads and baby carriers and blankets and things like that. They put some really random stuff in the exhibition like a baby car seat and a nintendo 64 which made no sense, and then there was no plaque so understanding some of the exhibitions was basically impossible.

After the majority of our class was through the exhibition we checked out the children’s Discovery Room. There we all got to do some hands on ‘learning’. Erica and I built an almost life-sized adobe house our of giant bricks (actually I built it and then Erica reenacted Godzilla and tore it down but then rebuilt it). Kristen and Carolina played children’s bongo drums and told an absolutely hilariously ridiculous story about mountain lions which we all had a pretty big laugh over. And then Jocelyn tried to do a puzzle but some kids had mixed up all the pieces so her experience may have been a little less than satisfactory.

Afterwards we ate at the cafeteria and then all but Linda and Carolina went to the International Folk Art Museum. This museum was absolutely the best and I think everyone agreed upon that because there wasn’t a single pot in it! They had all these little folk art dioramas from a bunch of different countries which was so cool.

We also got to try our hands at needlepoint, weaving and doing some loom work. Erica was by far the most fruitful and made a sweet little pot holder (the kind you make in 1st grade with the little nylon bands) which she gets to take home and give to her mommy!! Actually, I have no idea what she is going to do with it, but it was pretty cool anyways. The rest of us loomed which was frustrating because all the people before us had kinda of messed it up (that would have been the 6 yr olds that the exhibit was meant for). The needle point was also a hit which we did with giant needles and yarn. Two of us attempted to write ‘Taos’ which I don’t think either party finished. Whatever, it was annoying anyways.

Then we went shopping.

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