Today was a special day. Yesterday we learned the sad news that the members of our tribe had lost one of their elders and the school would no longer be available for us to run the afternoon portion of our camp and a back up plan was needed. The final result was to have our CPR training with the RN from Gundersen with the community people in the morning and then move us and our campers to the other camp in Kyle. The best part of the day was seeing the large turn out from all the community and all ages at the CPR training during the morning. It went swiftly and all the participants seemed excited to be trained and caught on easily to the material.
After the switch to Kyle our campers had lunch with the other group and then went outside to learn more about how the heart works and how to take blood pressure. Also, we taught them about how pulse rate changes based on how active you are and how long it takes for your pulse to come back down to resting and why. After we had finished that we joined with the Kyle students to make a huge group and the leaders taught us about how sage and tobacco ties are important to their religion and what purpose it serves. To them sage cleanses the soul and helps carry their prayers up to their god during their worship and when a tobacco ties are made before they are tied shut a prayer is sent inside and that is an offering to their god when they pray. It was very special for them to share this with us and it was a final seal on that they were making a connection with us. Today was very important because is was the day that many connections were made and cemented with the campers and it really made this trip very special to me.
By Betsi Faga