Nizhónígo Nee Ado’ááł (Have a beautiful day)


Let me share with you an account I found years ago. It is about
the true story of the first Christmas in the Americas. The
encounter of the Tainos*1 and Columbus as was told by Christopher
Columbus himself but reported by very few historians. In my
opinion, this is a great piece of history to share with our

"Indeed it is true that the things here are
marvelous, and so also are the great villages of this Island
Hispaniola*2... And all the people behave in a remarkable friendly

"Our Lord Willed
that at midnight, when the crew saw me lie me down to rest and
also saw that there was a dead calm and the sea was in a bowl,
they all down to sleep and left helm to a boy. The current carried
the ship (Santa Maria) upon one of these banks. Although it was
night, the sea breaking on them made so much noise that they could
be hear and seen at a 3 miles distance. The ship went upon the
bank so quietly that it was hardly noticeable. When the boy felt
the rudder ground and hear the noise of the sea, he cried
out...The master and many others jumped into the small boat, and I
assumed they were going to follow my orders. Instead, their only
thoughts were to escape to the Niña...When I saw that some of my
own crew were fleeing and that the sea was becoming more shallow
with my ship broadside to it, I did the only ting I could. I
ordered the mast cut and the ship lightened as much as possible,
to see if it could be refloated. But the water became even more
shallow, and the ship settled more and more to one side. Although
there was little or no sea, I could not save her (Santa Maria)...

On hearing the
news the King (Taino) wept, showing great sorrow at our disaster.
Then he sent all the inhabitants of the village out to the ship in
many large canoes. Thus we began to unload her (Santa Maria) and
in very short time we had cleared the decks. Such was the help
that this King gave us. After this, he himself with his brothers
and relations, did everything they could both in the ship and on
shore to arrange things for our comfort. And from time time he
sent various of his relatives to implore not to grieve, for he
would give me everything he had.

I assure your
Highnesses that nowhere in Castile would one receive such great
kindness or anything like it. He had all our possessions brought
together near his house and kept them there until some houses had
been emptied to receive them. He appointed armed men to guard them
and made them watch right through the night. I certify to your
Highnesses that in no part of Castile could things be so secure;
not even a shoe string was lost!"

(*1) Tainos is the name of the
group of Natives who welcomed Columbus

(*2) Haiti and Dominican Republic

Source: Columbus Diary, 1492

Fuson, R.H. (Ed.), The Log of Christopher Columbus, International
Marine Publisher Co., Camden, Maine, 1987

Cohen, J.M., (Ed.), Christopher Columbus, The Four Voyages,
Penguin Books Ltd., New York, New York, 1969

Landstron, B., Columbus, The Story of Don Cristobal Colon Admiral
of the Ocean and his Four Voyages Westward to the Indies, The
Macmillan Company, New York, 1967

Map of
Central America and the Caribbean Islands




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Check out this video that details "Earth Connections Camp", which is part of a collaboration we do with the BLM during Camp Eagle Summer School.

November is National Native American Heritage Month and one of the best ways to honor our heritage is by reading books written by Native authors who provide culturally and historically accurate perspectives.  Here is a recommended reading list of Native American Children's Literature.

Please download our October Newsletter.

For those students who are interested, here is the registration link and flyer for Navajo Language class!

Indian Education Title VII programs now fall under Title VI or ESSA signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015.

"ESSA, signed into law by President Obama on December 10, reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Actof 1965, a piece of civil rights legislation meant to protect the nation’s most vulnerable children. ESSA replaces the 2001No Child Left Behind Act and shifts much of the responsibility for elementary and secondary education from the federal government to the states."

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Camp Eagle being held this year at Sierra Bonita Elementary in Spanish Fork has shifted into high gear for the second week.  Updates on the this week's happenings:

Arts class with Brenda Beyal - students are making their own flutes out of PVC pipe.  They are designing and sanding.  All the students have been so diligent in their flute making.  Did you know the flute is consider the third oldest instrument in the world after the drum and rattle.  All three are imporant parts of Native American music and ceremony.

Science with Cory Sam - Cardboard challenge is here!  Students are using their creativity, imagination, problem solving, visual spatial intelligence to build their projects.  Get ready to see the finished results next week.  Some would call it messing around, others would call it real life learning and knowledge building. 

Special Guest this Tuesday is Donna Eldridge, outreach coordinator for the School of Medicine at the University of Utah.  She has introduced the students to the excitement and joy of STEM learning.  Thank you to Donna.  

Math/Reading with Shoshana Begay - Students are brushing up on their math and reading skills through games and reading.  Shoshana reads a book everyday to discuss themes and ideas with students.  We encourge all students to spend some time reading every day.

7-12th with Eileen Quintana - We apologize at this time for the constant flute playing that is mostly likely being done at home, well, not really.  Students are learning how to play flutes, learning about culture and even speaking some Navajo.  

P.E. with Christy Thompson - so much fun being outdoors playing games.  This has always been an important part of Camp Eagle.  Love to see kids laughing and playing together. 

Early morning dance classes with high school students- all those that attend are learning so much about dancing and are gearing up for the end of school Pow Wow.  

Coming up:

Field trip on Friday.  Families are invited to come to the Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point.  We have covered the entrance fee.  Just bring your family and enjoy an outing.  Bring a lunch.  This is a famly activity.  Let us know if you plan on coming. 

Camp Eagle staff says thank you for your participation.