In the first chapter, Mayorga-Gallo examines multicultural neighborhoods and their experiences, “This book unpacks the meanings white and non-white residents attach to this multiethnic space and their experiences within it” (Mayorga-Gallo 4). She unpacks interracial relationships in multiethnic neighborhoods by studying an annual picnic in a typical multiethnic neighborhood in North Carolina called Creekridge Park. She guides us (the readers) through the experiences of Black, White, and Latino/a residents. She also includes racial, gender, and age demographic charts to inform the reader. She included demographics to make a point that although neighborhoods are integrated, it does not necessarily mean that that will increase positive interracial relations.
The event I attended for the cultural plunge assignment was called Leap into African Dance. There are five weekly classes, and I attended the first one. The first class took place February 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mountain Yoga building. This program is sponsored by Guinea exchange, and in attendance of the class one is expected to donate five dollars which is then given to the foundation. I initially learned about this event through Facebook.
The ghost dance video is a short forty eight second video, which features Native American men performing the Ghost dance. The video quality is poor, but it shows the authenticity of the video since it’s from a time where the quality was very poor. The video was black and white, and at some points it’s hard to see the individuals while they’re dancing. The men are dressed in feathered headdresses. They were wearing moccasins on their feet.
As part of meeting the requirements of this course, I decided to engage in salsa dancing. I had never participated in this dance before and I knew very little about it. My only form of engagement with the dance has been through listening to many of my classmates discussing it and claiming it is fun overall, however, I did have one classmate say otherwise. Regardless, I was both excited and nervous to try salsa for myself.
Native Americans had been a part of the New World way before the settlers ever made their way to America. One of the larger groups of Native Americans discussed during this time frame was The Iroquois. The Native Americans learned new things from the colonist. They learned new ways of doing things along with the settlers advanced technology that they brought with them. However, all was not always good between the groups.
I tried my best to keep up with the other dancers, but it was tough. I was tired of listening to the same, happy and bubbly song over and over again. I could smell the sweat coming from all the girls around me. We had been dancing for a while tonight and my toes were aching, feeling like needles were poking them. My mind was exhausted and starting to wander; I had no idea what I was doing.
When I was growing up, my family went to New Mexico for several years. We would always drive south to reach Taos, New Mexico. The drive is the most beautiful I have seen in my life, and since its fall when we go, all the aspens have turned red, yellow and orange. After the relaxing and calming drive, we would arrive in Taos, New Mexico. Right away I knew I was in a small town, because it has one main street.
I am a Skeptic-Orphic-Solipsist. A Skeptic person doubts everything that they do, and what other’s do. An Orphic person believes that good is rewarded and evil is punished. A Solipsist believes that idea’s come from experiences. So basically I doubt my life, believe that if I do something good I will be rewarded, and believe that the best idea’s come from your life experiences.
Scholars estimate that throughout the world as many as one to two endangered languages are lost to extinction on a bi-weekly basis. K. David Harrison states: “When a community loses its language, they really lose their history. They lose their connection to the past. They lose all the wisdom and knowledge that has been accumulated through the centuries about how to live in a sustainable manner on this planet” (“Native American Languages: Loss and Revitalization” 2). Human diversity is in no small part measured by the languages that we – as a species – speak.
Ever since i was young i fell in love with the art of dance. When i finally joined i felt like i was a little behind hence everyone was in my class was dancing since they were toddlers. My first day of dance was pretty nerve racking. My teacher would say to do something and i wouldn't know what to do because i didn't know any dance vocabulary. I would have to look around and try to fit in as much as possible so my teacher wouldn't think i wasn't fit for the class.