Read the following quote from the weekend's reading assignment by Barry Lopez and then write about a place that holds significance to you and that you find beautiful or find peace within. It could be ANYWHERE! Inside or outside! A corner in your bedroom, or a mountain range. A city alleyway or a highway corridor. Describe it in as much detail as you can and explain why you find it beautiful or why it is significant to you.
"In Spanish, la querencia refers to a place on the ground where one feels secure, a place from which one's strength of character is drawn. It comes from the verb querer, to desire....In Spain, querencia is most often used to describe the spot in the bullring where a wounded bull goes to father himself, the place he returns to after his painful encounters with the picadors and the banderilleros. It is unfortunate that the word is compromised in this way, for the idea itself is quite beautiful-- a place in which we know exactly who we are." (14).
Discuss “Rediscovery of North America” and Chief Seattle’s Speech
Define Environmental Justice (see the slide on EJ for a basic definition)
Read and hashtag for Principles of EJ movement
Define Tribal Sovereignty
Tribal sovereignty in the United States is the concept of the inherent authority of indigenous tribes to govern themselves within the borders of the United States.
Watch Beyond Standing Rock (1 hour and 11 minutes)
After the film:
All students: Begin the Chaco assignment by reading the summary of "The Players" on page 2 and at least 2 of the three short articles on page 3. We'll have work time in class on Tuesday after the 50 minute film and all of Wednesday, too.
Honors: Read intro of Windfall by Monday and part 1 of Windfall by next WED 10/30-- we’ll meet at lunch on Wed 10/30. See your email for the discussion questions/reading schedule/essay guidelines.
Humanities teacher at Animas High School