Thanks for a great timeless valentine class.
This weekend, we are reading chapter 4 of Wisdom sits in Places starting page 105 in your pdf. Although no response is necessary to this chapter, you should be prepared to talk about it once we discuss it in class. I might ask you of your favorite or preferred passage in this chapter or ask questions. Again, print it out, underline and annotate and bring your own print to class. You distract your classmates by sharing prints and phones are not allowed.
Your writing this week, will be a “place-making” as explained in Wisdom sits in places according to Western Apache culture. In this writing narrated in 1st person and present tense (as explained in the book) you will portray a location for us as it used to be and give us a sense of what’s happened there before. Please refer to our discussions in class today and stories like “Snake’s water” or “Shades of shit” (or other place-names stories) in the book to get a sense of what can be done.
You can also take a creative approach with this. Since you might not have access to information of your “ancestors”, you can use your memory to recount events or stories that have taken place during your lifetime, memories that you feel still linger in an actual location you know of, and recite it for us as you envision them in your mind’s eye. As a solid example: Has anyone experienced gentrification? This can be a way of telling us of a place that once has been, and what it is replaced with (Remember changes in landscape in your reading?). You can take any creative approach with this, but it would be nice if your writing doesn’t give class horror and nightmares, but if you have to, then probably you have to and it’s ok. In case you have a question about this prompt email me.
200-500 words/ Due 5pm Monday Feb 18
You can also attach a photo to this writing, to give us a backdrop for imagining your site. Add the photo to your comments with “choose file” is below the comment box.
Just a heads up Melissa and Ramon are up for creative blog next week. Melissa and Ramon you may send me your prompt along with your photo before Tuesday 10pm.
Have a great weekend everyone.