Wow. That word sums up how my experience has been here so far. There has been so much that I have gone through here and I don’t have the space to tell it all (I’m sure you can find the rest out from other blogs).
Getting here was a challenge. It seemed like we were traveling for days, checking in, and sleeping/napping waiting for our plane. We finally made it though the harsh process of traveling and tiredly arrived in Bethel.
So far we have interviewed a total of five people. I can honestly say that these people have drastically changed my life. The first day we interviewed a man named Pat Tam. This man impacted me majorly. He talked of spirituality, and having a deep connection with all things; his words were truly beautiful and touched my heart. After we finished, I talked with him for a good amount of time and ended up making a new friend.
The next day we turned off the cameras and we were welcomed to do a workshop with two very kind hosts, Rose and Ray. Before we got there, we didn’t really know what to expect. We were welcomed into the offices in the home of these two people for a Cultural Trauma and Healing presentation. They talked of their people’s past traumatic experiences. Rose poured her heart out to us and told of her family’s past, and wept openly to us, bringing a few tears to my eyes. I have the utmost respect for Rose. Their hospitality was also unmatchable.
Later that night, Scott and I volunteered to go with John to take the trash out to a dumpster and while doing so, get a little B-roll practice as well. While Scott was shooting, I looked across the street and saw this huge pack of about 10 or so dogs and yelled to Scott, “PACK OF DOGS, PACK OF DOGS” to which he stood still, face buried in the camera and held the shot. Luckily, they were friendly, and while he shot, I managed to get in a little pet therapy. The smell on my clothes afterward was well worth it.
So far this has been a truly amazing experience, and I feel myself immersed in this new and unique culture, and growing closer to the team I am working with. They all are really great people, and I am really glad to be a part of this whole thing. I wish I could write more, but I have been up far too long at this point and sleep is long overdue. I am enthusiastic about whatever events tomorrow will bring.