Field + Work: FLC Student Scholars in Action

Field + Work: FLC Student Scholars in Action


it’s a very fulfilling work that you get
to do and traveling to a different country especially like the village that
we went to had gotten electricity in April we were there in May Oxes towing
carts to go get water they farm everything on their land they have
livestock that they kill. they’re very sustainable people. And you’re going to
experience that culture and just learn more about our world and the people that
live in it is something that I’m really interested in there’s a big fire that
happened in the area about for over the summer the 416 fire and so what we’re
doing is we’re going into one of the areas that was really heavily impacted
there for most of Creek area and this is actually an area that experiences a lot
of debris flow from the surrounding area and all of that gets pushed into the
creek so I’ll be looking at the books from the river and trying to determine
the conclusions from that and this could be whether it’s water quality or why we
don’t have fish in the river My love for the outdoors came
from Boy Scouts I’m an Eagle Scout and worked for TA HOSA worked for their
winter survival camp which is why I got the opportunity to teach winter survival
here to some kids I was super excited but that’s pretty much for my passion
comes from I love being outside I love teaching people new things love new
experiences for me it’s because I’m Navajo so this is impacting my
culture and the people that I know and everyone it’s it’s like I’m happy
because I’m getting to be a part of my community and just all-around being as
helpful as I can as a Fort Lewis College student as a volunteer and just
all-around helpful right now we’re just measuring from this
arbitrary level lines to all of our corners so we can basically level the
whole floor for like direct measurements basically this line level at 10
centimeters above the base and stake everything below this we will measure for
level it’s definitely fun to see what you find I didn’t really even if it’s more Salvage archaeology it’s still great
because you learn who’s been here who basically who hasn’t what’s been
destroyed what isn’t destroyed My primary goal of this project was to
fight extinction of Daneposide which is the primary communication of our elders
the main reason why that we believe our language is becoming extinct is because
it’s not documented and among many different tribes their language is not
documented as well so if I can show this to many of the students on campus then
they too will start to process that information of the language in their
head and hopefully that will translate into their spoken word this is one of
our newest prototypes at the point TA DE coal Hone ne Lean-bull which
means we are still here as Navajo People I think that restoration
ecology is on my career path and I’d really like to kind of pursue that I
really want to get into wetland work and wetland restoration possibly River
watershed management right after this I’m gonna go and get my
master’s in adventure teaching and facilitation for outdoor teaching and
facilitation through Oregon State so I could eventually develop it into career
start my own Boy Scout camp I really first see myself taking this to the next
University I go for my master’s program and I’m ready to get more Native
American representation on the college campuses 70 to 100 villagers…the entire village came
out and help. Women with their babies that they were like wearing with shawls
on their back old men that looked like they were like 80 out digging little
kids and teenagers like the whole village was there helping which was
really cool it’s crazy like seeing the life difference like what they care
about they need so little there to be happy and everyone’s so happy there
compared to here.. where everybody needs so much to be happy

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