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Navajo times. [volume] (Window Rock, Ariz.) 1960-1984, October 01, 1960, Image 11

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Os Teachers
An orientation session for teach
ers accepting positions in Nav
ajo Reservation schools for the
first time was held at the Ft.
Wingate Boarding School, August
1 to 12, under the direction of
Mr. Donald J. Fosdick, Educa
tion Specialist Navajo Agency.
There were eighty-nine enrolled
the first week and six additional
the second making a total
of ninty-five. Eight of these were
guests and three were teacher -
Coordination of the total school
program was stressed. The follow
ing six areas of work were of
fered: group teaching; yearly,
weekly and daily planning; family
style serving of meals: us? of the
basic texts: activity periods: and
arts and crafts. To give teachers
an insight into some of the ef
fective teaching techniques used
ir Bureau of Indian Affairs
schools, enrollees observed dem
onstration classes taught at the
first, second grade lev
els by experienced B.T.A. teach
ers. In addition. Navajo teachers
attending classes conducted in a
language foreign to them. As a
result they should approach their
work with a svmnathetic un
derstanding of the Navajo Child’s
problem when he starts to school.
Two new additions to the Ori
entation Pro? am this year prov
ed highly successful. Enrollees
were given an opportunity to visit
chapter houses, trading posts, and
Navajo camps to observe hogan
life, in addition to attending Nav
ajo ceremonies an all-Indian ro
deo, and t’.e Inter-Tribal Indian
Ceremonial at Gallup. These visits
and observations seemed to be
mutually enjoyed by the Navajo
people and the new teachers. An
opportunity was also provided for
every new teacher to meet and
talk personally with many
Area, Agency, Subagency and
Tribal officials These meetings
proved most inspiring and worth
The Orientation staff was com
posed of education specialists, de
partment heads, principals, prin
cipal - teachers, and classroom
teachers from schools on the Na
vajo Reservation. An education
specialist from the Central Offioe
served as a consultant.
There is a saying that ‘Teach
ers are at their best when the
challenge is the greatest.” It is
San Juan River at Mexican Hat
I’ve come to know as I grow
old, l
That Friends are worth their
weight in gold, j
And that a handclasp and a smile
Are things that make this life
worthwhile. I
Likewise I find, as life speeds
by, j
That treasures in my friendships 1
And all the money, in the «nd,
Can scarce compare to one kind'
coming to the Navajo for the first
time are preparing to face is, pro
bably the greatest challenge they
have encountered since the be
ginning of their teaching careers.
Many lack experience in teach
ing non-English speaking children
are ufamiliar with Navajo cul
ture, and have not experienced
living in isolated areas.
Enrollees came with open minds
and a sincere desire to learn.
Following the two weeks session
everyone left with high enthusi
asm and a greater feeling of se
curity in beginning his year’s
Girl Scouts
The following girl troop
officers and committer members
were elected a a recent meei
ing at Nazlini: Vrn* irene Hai
vey, president iNora Bog*.* vice
president; Ida Heier, Claw sec
retaryi Vivian Begay, assistant
secretary and Irene Bia Treas
urer. The - activity committee in
coudes Agnes Teller, Mary Ann
Alfred and Mae Benally. The pro
gram Committee consists of Mar
ily Morgan, Eloise Morgan and
Michaeiyn Dal Bai. Thirty girls
are active in the troop 401 this
Th? girls are currently planning
a visit to Gallup. This troop pro
ject is an important event, for
many of the members have not
visited a town outside the reser
vation. Their leaders, Miss Ruby
Kellough and Miss Alene Wilcox
en are guiding the girls as they
plan for the trip. The girls have
rad several money raising pro
jects for providing funds for their
troop trip, including a rummage
sale and the sale of popcorn. The
work of the troop is supported by
an adult troop committee com
osed of Mrs. Dottie Begay, Mrs.
Phillipi Begay, Miss Imoyene J.
Harris and Miss Minnie E. Gould.
Poverty is uncomfortable, as I
can testify; but nine times out of
ten the best thing that can hap
pen to a youngman is to be toss
ed overboard and compelled to
sink or swim for himself.
—James A. Garfield
Wholesale Dealer & Distributor
609-627 BROADWAY, N.E.
P.O. BOX 826
• PHONE: CHcpel p-5091
CHapel 2-4582—CHapel 3-7357
On August 25, 1960 at 2:00 p.m .
bids were opened for the con
struction of two road projects on
the Navajo Reservation.
One is a 7.5 mile road job from
the - Chinle Waslf* Bridge on
Route 17 to Round Rock. The oth
er is a 12.7 mile project on Route
1 northeast of Tuba City, begin
ning at the Betatakin Turnoff and
ending in March Pass. Both of
these projects will be paved with
blacktop and should be under con
struction sometime this month.
Paving is progressing rapidly
from Tuba City east and it is ndw
at a point beyond Cow Springs.
It is planned that the remaining
projects to complete the paving
to Kayenta will be started this
During August three construc
tion projects were completed on
the Navajo Agency Road System.
The first is a 12 mile section
of Route 1 from Teec Nos Pos
west to a point south ot Red Mesa.
The second is a ten mile project
on Route 3 from the Arizona-New
Mexico State Line west to the
top of the mountain. The third
includes the construction of two
bridges on the route between
Many Farms and Round Rock.
Operate diesel venerator, inspect
wells, do general utility work in
addition to regular watchmans
duties. Permanent job at Sawmill
Several needed on house and com
mercial wiring and motor wiring.
Jobs at Sawmill and Window Rock
Read blue prints and layout work
for other carpenters. One needed
at South Camp.
For all the above jobs apply at
Personnel Office at Wihdow Sock
Girl Scouts
A Girl Scout Troup leadership
training co'ir* was held in To
hatchi, New Mexico, October l?
19, 34 and 26 from 7:30 pm io
9:30 p.m.
The meetings were held in the
library at the Boarding School.
It’s purpose was to further the
works of G*r Scouting.
Animals are smart Horses
never bet on people.
The wisest ow occasionally
hoots at the wrong time.
The records show that the tor
toise won only one race with the
As a desert enthusiast I believe
about four times as much as i
can prove and can prove about
four times as much as anyone
else believes. 1 never exaggerate
—just remember big.
-Harry Oliver
The only reason a great many
American families don’t own an
elephant is that they have never
been offered an elephant for $1
down and $1 per week!
ucrooer, rrou ine ratajq rrmca
' * “ |* s f :
Toys Are Used
In Research
Four teachers prd their classes
will participate in the Toy Re
search program at the Ganado
Elementary School this year at
Ganado, Arizona. The project
started last year with the teach
ers participating.
The toys are usd to facilitate
the teaching of English to non-
English speaking Navajo children
and to make more meaningful the
curriculum culture studies with
which the Navajo students are
unfamiliar because of their isola
tion on the primitive Navajo In
dian reservation.
Dr. Irving W. Stout, Dean of
the Graduate School at Arizona
State University at Tempe, and
Dr. Grace Langdon, Child Devel
opment Specialist, who represents
the National Association of Toy
Manufacturers of the U. S. A. ac
companied by Dr. Lois Griggs,
of the teaching staff of the Uni
versity of Wisconsin arrived at
Ganado October 19 to get the pro
ject underway Dr. Griggs was
amazed at the responses of the
Indian Children and the excellent
teaching she observed in the
classrooms. This was her first
visit to Navajoland. She plans to
retire to Arizona in the near fut
Dr. Langdon and Dr. Griggs
met with the following leacheis
at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Elmer T. Vann of Cross Canyon
Trading Post; Mrs. Eleanor Spin
ing of Ganado Mission, who teacn
es beginners, Mrs. Vann, who also
teaches beginners Miss Sarah Yo
der who teaches first grade and
some beginners, and Mrs. Ethel
Frazier, of Ganado Mission, who
teaches fourth grade pupils at the
Ganado Elementary Sdhool. Dr.
Stout, Dr. Langdon and Dr. Grig
gs and Superintendent Walter Car
penter met with the teachers Oct.
20 to outline the work for the
year. Teachers will have up to
■■wiwiiii iiiniiiiinr i«ii litimm— —- """
two years to complete their final
research paper. The work , mis
year Wtli be devoted to analysis
of the value of the work done
last year, making improvements
and recording the findings with
details on the progress of each
pupil, methods used, results gain
ed and future recommendations.
It was the unanimous opinion
among the teachers that toys are
one of the finest teaching aids
available for arousing and main,
taining a high interest and learn,
ing level. Cultural toys were found
to be especially helpful in assist*
ing Navajo children to visualize
American patterns which are not
available to them in their homes
or on their reservation. Teachers
will receive graduate credit for
their research work.
Ever notice how dbgs wis
friends and influence people with
out reading a book about it?
Dry Camp Blackie wasted most
of the winter. He tried to teacb
my dog Whiskers, how to wag
his tail up and down instead ot
sideways. We know man and dog
have lived together thousands oj
years. My dog Whiskers knows
25 or 30 words I speak but
when he speaks to me I must
watch his tail his ears, his eyes
and then guess what he’s saying.
from - Harry Oliver
Eleven goats eat as piuch un
derbrush in a day as one man
can chop. So the Naval Ordnance
Laboratory bought 24 goats last
fall to keep its 870 acres clean.
Now the goat herd is increasing
nicely and the underbrush is dis
appearing and Public Works Of
ficer, Corndr. William Reese, it
-from Elks Magazine

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