Sunday, February 20, 2011

Native Lineage

On Friday we did a workshop for Teachers and it was quite different from working with students. The one glaring difference was that I had to explain my physical appearance at least 15 times to the adults whereas the kids are more interested in why we are dressed the way we are as opposed to why my skin is so light. I found it quite interesting that once I explained my lineage (again and again) they were able to listen to what I had to say. I guess I shouldn't be surprised by this as I am guilty of it myself from time to time.

I am always surprised when I hear that people from other cultures pretend to be native for whatever reason. I guess the romanticism of Native culture makes it more interesting to research although I believe that all cultures are fascinating and you should be proud of your own history whatever that may be.

On another note, it was gorgeous out today so we went for a hike in a new area. We found a cool hill to train on. It will be 5 peaks season soon and we all love trail races.

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