Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Cheehun Hitii Hitii'n

Cheehun hitii hitii'n shevek! We are happy indeed! Last Sunday we journeyed to Goleta, California. This was the site of our grandniece's graduation from the University of California, Santa Barbara. It was just yesterday, so it seems that Rachel was graduating from Banning High, which I missed. Then, they described to me her display of the special slogan, Wayta' Yawa' on her gown. This is especially meaningful to those of us who are preoccupied with keeping traditional ideas alive in the use of our language. I was mildly surprised to learn that at that time and we reminisced about that as we witnessed this graduation.The juxtaposition of the old with the new fits so well with defining us as Maarrenga'yam. (Morongos) It seems such a natural thing to do now.

Our folks did such a great job of planting the seeds of the desire for pursuing higher education while keeping our heritage in our hearts. We are presently working on our other nieces and nephews. Maybe, there is a Trojan lurking there! Or, even a Hunat (Bruin) will do. - ES

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