First Blog Entry by Zunneh-bah Martin

First Blog Prompt: A lot of you arrived not knowing a whole lot about what you were getting into. What have you learned so far about why we’ve gathered here now and what we’re going to do?

Yá’át’ééh shik’éí dóó shidine’é! Shí éí Zunneh-bah yinishyé. Tsénahabiłnii nishłį́, naakaii báshíshchiin, tábąąhá dashinalí, ‘adoo ał a dine’é dashicheii. Ákót’éego éí asdzáání nishłį́. Tohłakai déé’ naashá.

(All is good/Hello my friends, my relatives, and my people! I am old and wise woman warrior. I am of the Sleeping Rock Clan, born for Mexican, Aztec and Mayan ancestry, my paternal grandfather is of the Edge Water Clan and my late maternal grandfather is of the Modoc Tribe. In this way, I am a Diné/Navajo woman. I am from Tohłakai (white water), New Mexico, which is located on the Navajo reservation.)

What I have learned so far about why we have gathered here at the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English (BLSE) in Ripton, Vermont is that we are going to be part of a project, the Next Generation Leadership Network (NGLN), that is under the Bread Loaf Teacher Network (BLTN). This project consists of six social action teams which include youth from:

  • Allendale/Aiken, South Carolina
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • The Navajo Nation (also known as the Diné/Navajo reservation)
  • Vermont

We are going to do many wonderful things within our own social action teams as well as with the other social action teams to make positive changes and impacts in all of our communities. We will be creating cross-site teams to help us stay in contact and work together with other social action teams when we return back to our homes. Each of the six groups has received their own media filming kit so we can make documentaries/films about what each of our groups are doing in our own communities as well as what all six of our groups are doing together as the Next Generation Leadership Network (NGLN). We also have this website where we are able to share our writings in blog posts.


Zunneh-bah Martin

One Response to “First Blog Entry by Zunneh-bah Martin

  • Ceci Lewis
    4 years ago

    As you prep for your trip to Australia, could I ask you to include your work with the Maori in your reflections this semester? I think your international experience will really help us to understand that there are issues that are global in nature. I am so excited for you.

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