Oyate is one of two seniors to graduate the first term of the school year. And the first for our program to spotlight. She is deligtful and full of enthusiasm and energy. I asked Oyate to write a little about herself:
My friends and family descibe me as creative, kind, passionate, hard working and beautiful. I love to sing, draw and to watch movies during my free time. My all time favorite movie is The Nightmare Before Christmas. My favorite food comes from my mother's side of the family, Filipino egg rolls called Lumpia. My favorite color is blue and my favorite sport is football. My favorite class was oil painting. My most memorable moment of high school has to be when my former principal Joe Kelly of Landmark High School pinned me with a special dragon pin for showing true dragon spirit in front of the whole school. My future plans are to work full time at a good paying job and move out on my own. One thing I have on my bucket list is to visit Australia. My favorite quote of all time is, "In the end, it's not going to matter how many breaths you took but how many moments took your breath away." -Unknown
One December 14th, students will have the opporotunity to work with Michelle Sanchez; beader, traditional regalia expert and teacher. She will teach the basics of beading a Native American medallion. Michelle learned to bead at a very young age and has shared her expertise and knowledge through artist in residence programs, after school labs and studio classes. The class will be held on Monday, December 14 from 4:00-6:00 at Larsen Elementary. The cost of the materials will be $10.00.
Native American medallions have been traced back to as early as 800 A.D. The medallions were traditionally used as talisman against threat or harm. Medallions have been made of metals, precious stones, shells, and bone. Since the introduction of trade beads, medallions have become more sophisticated in their design. Modern day madallions are now sometimes used as cultural and individual identity markers. Come join us in learning how to build this traditional craft that spans across time and tribes.