Archive for November, 2010

hiking and thanksgiving

November 29, 2010

Spent thanksgiving camping at hiking in Gila national forest with Jay Peine and Pepper.

Had a grand time.  The weather was cold, the rangers said somewhere around 3 degrees Fahrenheit the first night.

Nevertheless, the hiking and camping was fantastic and there were hot springs warm fires and good friends. More details and photos to come in the mean time, here is a photo of Jay and Pepper next to our campsite the second night.

Here in fort Defiance the weather has turned cold and it feels like winter, there’s snow on the ground and the high today isn’t supposed to get much above freezing.

sky city thoughts

November 19, 2010

a few more thoughts on Sky city.

As a tourist going to acoma pueblo, the idea of finding  mesa-top village that is still like it was before white people arrived on the continent is very romantic. The reality of acoma and many other american indian communities though is much more complicated and i would argue more interesting. Creating or pretending that the  village is like it was 1600 would be a farce or would be more akin to making some kind of theme park like Willamsberg complete with actors.

Acoma did not feel like a community trying to turn back the clock but rather a community working to sustain their culture while still living in 2010 in the united states. As a tourist i am ignorant to  the politics and history of the decision making with in the community, but as i walked through parts of the pubelo i noticed that the community has made consious decisions to not adopt certain technologies but has accpted other “luxuries”

For instance, the community has chosen to eschew running water and electricity, however they have begun to use construction products from home depot( screen doors, and mass produced windows). I imagine human waste was previously thrown off the Mesa, now however  plastic port-a potties handle the human waste.  They have chosen not to pave the roads in the pueblo but people drive there cars to their houses. Tourists are permitted  into the community but only to certain sections and only with a guide.

Coming to acoma with the hope of finding some kind of indian-disneyland would leave you perhaps feeling like the spanish looking for cities of gold. However if you are in the area and want to instead see a community working on preserving  old traditions and cultures while at the same time  moving forward and accepting the year 2010 in the united states then i would definitely recommend making the trip.

 

bunny surgery

November 17, 2010

Pepper’s best friend mr bunny got a tear and had to be sewed up. pepper was very concerned though the whole process.  I’m happy to report though that everything turned out ok and the two friends were reunited.

winter

November 16, 2010

winter has arrived here in the high desert.

while today is sunny …yesterday i rode home from work in the driving snow/sleet.

Over the weekend susan’s sister was in town. among other things  went to Acoma pueblo, an old mesa top pueblo. Was interesting to see, more about it a little later, but her are a couple of photos from it.

old school vs new school

November 11, 2010

Peine and I dug up some statistics from her old school and zip code compared to her current school and zip code. the data comes from http://www.publicschoolreview.com/…i wasn’t able to see exactly where they got their statics so i am not sure how precise or up to date the figures are. Some of the differences that i find most striking are the revenue and expenditure between the two discricts as well as the number of college grads at age 25. we

zip code 87375 22204
Population (Approximate) 4,921 people 49,828 people
Population Average Age 24 years 32 years old
(age 25+) w/College Degree 10% 42%
Average Household size 3.9 persons 2.5 persons
Median Household Income $30,375 $47,928
Avg. # of Rooms in Household 3.6 rooms 4.1rooms
School district statistics Gallup-Mckinley Arlington
Number of Schools Managed 36 30
Number of Students Managed 12,227 students 18,736
District Total Revenue $129,437,000 403,804,000
District Expenditure $143,236,000 430,075,000
District Revenue / Student $10,586 21,552
District Expenditure / Student $11,715 $22,959
School statistics Chee dodge Patrick Henry
Total Students 353 343