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Dec 15, 2014
Cultural Event Paper

Navajo Indians

This past summer I got the amazing opportunity to spend a week in New Mexico for a mission trip to better the tribe of the Navajo Indians. During our stay we had four projects that were to be completed by the end of the week. First we were to build a playground for the children in the tribe. Next we were to build Hogons, which were small houses for the people in the tribe that were homeless. We then built a greenhouse for a main farm on the reservation where people would get their vegetable. Lastly we made food deliveries to homes in the tribe that were in desperate need. After I describe these individual projects I will discuss the tribes reactions and my feelings toward our work that we completed. Like many Reservations in the United States the Navajo tribe community in New Mexico is extremely impoverished with a big drug abuse problem as well as a high suicide rate. This is why our large team of a hundred wanted to go in and make a difference to put some hope back into the community and provide support for the people so that they could possibly live better lives. As a group leader I knew that I had to keep my group on task and remind them the reasoning behind our mission since the days were long and strenuous and not always the most fun. The first few days we worked on the playground and it was amazing to see the transformation in the children and the parents. In the beginning when we got to the reservation and started to work on the playground it seemed as if part of the community was confused as to why we were there and it was almost as if they did not accept us at first because we were not part of the tribe. Our next project was one of my favorites and it was to build Hogon structures for the homeless in the community. Hogons are small octagonal houses with dirt floors that…...

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