On the Road Again
As if the invitation to present our work at the Smithsonain National Museum of the American Indian didn’t keep us busy enough! We barely caught our breath from an exhilarating two weeks in NYC and D.C. before we were on to our next commitments. USH continued its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month 2016 with friends and colleagues in North Carolina and Massachusetts.
UNC Pembroke’s Native American Speaker Series
On September 19, 2016 Carlos, Chema, Carmen and our four Maya Traditions partners piled into a large van and took to the highway. Some 7 hours later, we arrived at our hotel in Pembroke, NC. We were greeted by three of our Founder’s doctoral students Terry, Tiffany, and Denise. Their presence was a warm southern welcome after what seemed like being on the road for days! The next day, Dr. Jane Haladay led us to UNC Pembroke (originally the Croatan Normal School – built by and for American Indian higher education). Our group visited two university classes, showing USH films and engaging in discussion about Maya culture and education.
In the evening, Carlos, Carmen and Chema spoke at UNCP’s Native American Speaker Series. We were just about to being, when the entire town of Pembroke lost electricity! These leaders handled it beautifully, engaging the audience by talking about USH’s pedagogy and evolution. Shortly, we regained power and were able to show a Level 1 & Level 2 Film.
Following the films and discussions, the audience gathered in the rear of the auditorium, watching weaving practices and engaging in further dialogue with our leaders.
…In the meantime, the UNCP student media team was present. This team interviewed both Carmen and Chema, a story which would air on local UNCP television broadcasts.
UNC Chapel Hill
On a very last minute whim, we our team made a very brief stop at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. A dear friend and colleague, who is also Maya K’iche’, convinced us to stop in his class. Emilio del Valle Escalante is a professor and researcher in Latin American and indigenous literatures and cultures. The most exciting part for the Program Leaders was that the discussion was fully in Spanish! No need for translations; just direct and deep conversation! Yet another wonderful gift, closing their 2016 U.S. experience.
Bunker Hill Community College
Not long after getting our Guatemalan travelers to the airport, our Founder and Director was preparing for her Bunker Hill Community College invitation. The presentation called ¡Inspirate! was part of BHCC’s 2016 Hispanic Heritage month events. The day began with An informal lunch and discussion was held at the Chelsea campus. Later that evening, the extending community gathered for dinner and presentation. Amidst the audience, Cedric Woods, a Lumbee Tribe member, who stopped to see what is coming to his community!