Starting off the morning at Rehoboth Christian School near Gallup, New Mexico, Mr. Blake Shue traveled back to Kindergarten to volunteer with Mrs. Gillson’s class. Below you will find a list of the following things he learned:
- Kindergarteners have an unbelievable amount of energy, even at 8am
- The fundamentals of learning to read & write
- Recess is an absolute blast
- The art of making paper airplanes has come a long way in the past decade
- Becoming distracted is a regular occurrence for 7 & 8 year olds (Blake’s initial arrival did not help)
- When with the right crowd, you can play Dutch Bingo anywhere in the United States (this is more so on Hannah’s end than Blake’s...if you are from the Christian Reformed hood of West Michigan, you know exactly what I’m talking about).
- Although Zuni has a rich cultural heritage, like communities in many places, the tribe struggles to live as a healthy community. Tribal authorities are acutely aware of the devastating effects of alcoholism and diabetes on families. Poverty, broken families, suicide, and limited economic opportunities are also facts of life in modern day Zuni. The growing number of Zuni Christians is deeply convinced that spiritual solutions are fundamental to restoration and rejuvenation (words taken from the ZCMS website).
- Taking images or video footage of traditional Zuni religious ceremonies is forbidden. Thus, we were rather careful while documenting our experiences around town.
- To a certain degree New Mexico's Indian Reservations function as states within states where tribal law may supersede state law.
- The word "Pueblo" is used to describe a group of people, a town, or an architectural style. There are 19 Pueblo groups that speak 4 distinct languages. The Pueblo people of the southwest have lived in the same location longer than any other culture in the Nation.
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Today, we find graditude in the cotton candy-like clouds that created a sensational backdrop, the energetic smiles of children, and in learning about a culture we would have never properly understood without visiting.