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    Bureaucracy vs. Free Commerce

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    Bureaucracy vs. Free Commerce

     Migrating from bureaucracy  or meritocracy  to the world of free commerce is a journey of  new learning, and that learning curve is steep. You quickly learn that the blue collar/white collar tags are real.  The way business is handled within both sectors is uniquely different as day and night.

    Within your institutions you have departments and policies and procedures that govern your everyday operations to a fine line. Job subsidies and cushiony benefits hold  many employees in their place.   In the world of free commerce you have a business plan, and expectations in meeting your next payroll.    Your staff is made up of people from various backgrounds; some from corporations and institutions, and the remaining have never seen  a mission statement or walked the halls of education.  Fed up with the bureaucracy many often  are attempting to take their lives back in a meaningful way.  Through exploring new career paths and innovation, Americans want more than to be spoon fed tasks day in and day out.

    Where we as a society decide to take our country is contingent on the free will of the people to keep bureaucracy at bay. While a cushiony office with the many perks may sound like the ideal dream job,  it’s not without its downside.  When overwhelming policies start to absorb the very creativity of your work force, you end up with corporate zombies.  Those same policies and procedures often bastardize individuals against one another, splitting relationships that were once solid into many pieces.  Bureaucracy is a heartless wheel – and many rats turn upon its squeaky wheel.

    Bureaucracy is a heartless wheel 

    There is a lot to be said about the free market and those who work in that arena.  They still provide this country with a fair amount of innovation and “guts”.  The “guts” to get out there and change the structure of the market with   new ideas and concepts.  Bureaucracy on the other hand wants to own all your ideas and hand those ideas out to others who really have made no contribution.  It’s like writing an essay and giving the guy In the next cubical part of the credit.  It doesn’t work.     

    Hard working free Americans – that is what this country is made up of.   Bureaucracy is not necessarily American.  It is socialist in form, and tends to batter the little guy with its strength.  Money can’t fashion the heart muscle, it can only corrupt it.  When bureaucracy becomes too large, it is used as a weapon to hurt others, all in the name of power. 

    Hard working free Americans – that is what this country is made up of.

    Helping small businesses to succeed – that is the real dream . If you want to put your money somewhere – put it into small business.  Bureaucracy is bloated and needs to get its hands out of the working mans (and women’s) pocket.


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    Native American Studies – Reflections

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    Creative and Inspirational People


    When you ask, be prepared for an answer
     

    I approached the group with a short question pertaining to the movie. "If you could ask one question after watching this movie what would it be?" One young women responded by stating "How do you read white people?"  

    Others in the group were shocked that she would boldly state that to me  - but I thought it was appropriate.  She and I have an open understanding.

     I asked, she responded  

    We talked about the challenges of a number of different cultures and how the traditions of each of these cultures have suffered through the ages. 

    I then had the group write a brief paragraph expressing how the movie made them feel.  I wanted them to explain in their own words 1) the best parts of the movie, 2)the worst part of the movie, 3) and what they learned by watching the movie. 

    A Students View Point - Loss of Buffalo

    • The worst part for many was watching as the children were being forced to go to the white man's school. Losing Identity, Integrity,  Spirit and Pride. They were proud people, not deserving of the pain and suffering that was afflicted upon them.
    • The best part was when it was over.  Student's were saddened by the loss of many things, including the Buffalo which the white man slaughtered.  Grieving for a generation of elders who fought to hold onto the traditions - traditions they practice today.  Conviction on a personal level. A renewed spirit to find their own destinies. 
    • The Most Interesting was learning about the traditions. Wanting to know more, to learn, to absorb, and to make proud those who came before them and those who still walk the earth.  A real thirst to learn about who they are as people. 

    Culture and Traditions

    At what age group  in our American culture do you see  the most activity and enthusiasm for cultural studies?  When I asked the students this, I found that  they were way ahead of me.   

    Navajo Class

    One of the young ladies spoke of the clubs at the elementary level, but noted that the real learning comes in junior high (middle school) during Navajo Class.  In Navajo class the studies are more personal, and much detail is added.  The club structure allows the students to participate in events that are related to their culture, by building upon the foundations of their beliefs.  They embrace the cultural learning experience - this happens in middle school. 

    Native American Studies

    Native American studies at the high school level is more about all of the cultures combined.   Thus you see a more diverse group of students who have a yearning to learn the historical knowledge and gain their own perspective from the historical study.  

    Student Writings

    Raising a generation of young people that  will lead our society and pass down the cultural heritage of their forefathers is important.  When asked to collaborate on what part of their culture and traditions they most appreciated,  all were in agreement that family was of the first importance.  The following information was provided by the  Native American Studies students. 

    Language

    One student noted that when she was little, her mother would speak Navajo to her and her siblings.  While she cannot speak the language fluently, she understands the meaning of the words when she hears them speak.  Yet, not as much as she would like to understand.  There is a Navajo Language & Cultural Perpetuation Project that has gain momentum to try to preserve this language of the people.

    Dini Bizaad - Navajo Language & Culture A project to create comprehensive and accessible language learning materials for the web and mobile devices by collecting the spoken word of Navajo elders

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    Churches 

    The Native American Church leadership as told to me by one young women consists of:

    •  The Road man
    • The Cedar man
    • The Drummer
    • The Fire Chief

     

    The leaders of the church  perform the sacred ceremonies.  Ceremonies that last for days. It is an honor to learn the songs of the Native Americans.  Students want to learn peyote music in church, as well as drumming.  Some songs take a very long time to learn, but they are very important.  

    3-300x245 Native American Studies - ReflectionsOne student spoke about how her father learned drumming as child.  She expressed with great pride by stating ,"it is beautiful to hear my parents singing together.  My father taught my mother the songs. I love to hear them sing together".  

    Pottery

    Another student spoke openly about his adventures with his family who lived a long distance away.  Family,  grandparents, are very important.   Being able to travel and visit his family is important.  Help his grandfather with making traditional pottery;  not just making the pottery, but also going on trips to sell them with him. It's an art that is passed down from one generation to another. 

     Loss of Buffalo & the Anger

    One young student was angry, and I allowed her to write out her anger over what she had experience after watching the movie.  The love of the land and nature are  embedded into the caretakers of tomorrow.  The very fabric of their existence is  interwoven into the earth.  The Native Americans don't just learn the lessons of the past, they learn the stories - they enact the stories into their daily lives.  They continue with the ceremonies and traditions that others would seek to steal from them even today.  "The stories about the Loss of Buffalo are important.  The stories need to be told from one  generation to the next".  

    I believe she will tell those stories! 

    Totem Poles

    The art of building animal totems is a laborious one, yet rich in symbolic cultural and traditions.  Animal Totems. Discover facts and information about the culture of Native American Indians and the meanings of the Animal Totems used by different tribes

     

    Teaching for the Future While Holding onto Tradition

    How we teach our children about other cultures is important.  The younger we teach them, the more influence we have with molding and shaping responsible relationships. 

    As I sit with my 6 year old granddaughter watching the movie Into The West, she hasn't said a word.  Already I can see she is a history buff.   She requests to view more of the series.  She is excited to see history unfold before her.  Once in a while she will look at me in amazement, or  place a hand over her mouth during a scene that elicits emotion.  We stop the movie, we chat, we move on, we learn, we grow. 

    There is a wealth of information that may be of interest for those who want to learn more about the Native Americans.  One study  on the Navajo Code Talkers  gives a fascinating look at probably the most famous use of the Navajo language outside of the Navajo Nation was during World War II. 420 young Navajo men were recruited and became Marines codetalkers during the war in the Pacific.  Their story is just one of many wonderful stories of Native American people.  

    Enjoy! 

     


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    Checking out Utah

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    Checking out Utah

     

    Just have to give a plug for the beautiful state I live in.  Utah!   With some of the most beautiful landscape around, Utah is a marvel.  Know for its snow, red rock canyons, mountain biking, jeeping, river rafting, and scenic hikes - there is something for everyone.