Reflections from the Southwest
Posted on 08/05/2010 @ 04:21 PM
Today we woke up to a nice discussion about the morning blessings and a breakfast of egg burritos. Then we drove to do service. We are excited to finish the project of re-cementing the benches in the village plaza. We also worked on cleaning out rocks at a lot to help prepare for discussion.
Right before lunch a 24 year old Hopi man stopped by and talked to us. We learned about the tribal clans and the matriarchal aspect of their society. We also talked with our host Iva about the Hopi culture, she fielded our questions, and we definitely learned a lot. We have much more to learn and we all can't wait.
-Eve Montclair, NJ
We continue our Hopi adventure today and morale is pretty high. Our hardcore service days are full of cement covered gloves and dirty clothes. Hauling bricks and performing service has helped us to open our minds. Asking the Hopi people about their tribal traditions, we have realized there are a lot of similarities many of us would not have expected.
Today during a break from work we began a conversation with a young Hopi man. He told us the complexity of the Hopi culture; that it is a matriarchal society with deeply interconnected clans each with their own responsibilities and duties.
Everyday has been such and amazing opportunity to expand our minds to a different culture and living style. -Ayelet Detroit, MI