This year she chose to be in a Family Group (read Home Room) that partners with The Akwesasne Freedom School of the Kanien'kehá:ca (Mohawk) Nation in Massina, New York.
Last weekend I went downtown to have a look see at the First People's Festival. I would have gone anyway, but my main goal was to bring a coffee to my daughter who was manning (or should I say womaning) a booth.
I was happy to see my daughter involved in this long-standing partnership with the Mohawk school, but I was even more impressed by their handouts.
"Culture is a natural resource that is just as important as our air and water."
As an anthropologist, they had me at the first sentence.
"Just as diversity in genetics and species is vital to survival, diversity of cultures ensures a sustainable future."
I stand on the hill in our town trying to convince college students of the value of knowing other cultures, and here, in a High School handout, the critical value of culture was spelled out in a simple sentence.
I also drag my kid all over the globe to see other cultures and chatter endlessly in her ear about how important it is to experience and understand how people in other cultures think.
Wish I could go.
and p.s. the Freedom School could use your donations since that's their operating budget. Send to Friends of the Freedom School, P.O. Box 290, Akwesane Territory, Rooseveltown NY 13683 USA