Archive for October, 2010

Stomp

Posted in Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 by zackpatton44

Wow, stomp was crazy!!!!!! I couldn’t believe how good it was considering all the instruments they used. If anyone where to question me about whether or not they actually used instruments or not, I’d just tell them to watch the film and than disagree with me. I thought the way they involved trash cans was incredible. I love seeing the way someone can transform an object into a complete different form just by using a little creativity. Anyone can pick up a stick and a trash can and bang on it, However not many can create a whole show consisting of that many people all banging and stepping on things to create such cool sounds. Im glad we were assigned to watch this because seeing people get creative is one of my biggest enjoyments.

Event 1 & 2 Local contemporary Native American basket weavers

Posted in Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 by zackpatton44

Choosing to go to this event was defiantly an easy choice for me considering it was not only worth two Events, but because it also had to do with Native Americans. Ever since i was young child i have always been fascinated with Native Americans because they are the last remaining history that links human origins to the United States. Its well known and very clear Native Americans were pushed off there land and forced to stop traditional practices, luckily however it is was great to see Rose Ramirez and Lydia Vassar demonstrate the original technique of basket weaving. It showed me that there are still teachings being passed down form generation to generation and that there is still hope for the Native American culture.

After watching and listening to the basket weavers presentation i was actually quite jealous because of how relaxed and calm these peoples lives seemed to be. After hearing stories of the simplicity and peacefulness, It really makes me look at my life, and want to switch places with them. I’m not complaining about the life i live one bit, however i wish i knew what it was like to grow up one with nature, using only what i need for survival. To grow up in a place with no boundaries and open land to explore would be a tremendous and very simple way to live. Watching the way these people use plants and seeds to create not just beautiful pieces of art but also everyday items to store things is pretty incredible.

I along with many Native Americans believe we need to respect the earth and the supplies it provides us. Too many people take for granted what life should really be about and its pretty disheartening. Its sad to know that eventually this planet will be used of all its resources but its good to know there are still some out there protecting and respecting it.

Songcatcher

Posted in Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 by zackpatton44

Watching Song-catcher was very entertaining for me in the sense that after seeing the first scene i thought i was going to hate it. The second i had heard the catchy lyrics and  songs i found myself humming along too, and singing certain parts. What i liked most about the movie was the fact that it was more of a musical than anything else. This movie really gave me a sense of happiness and freedom. I believe the movie was shot to show the audience, it doesn’t really matter if your from a city or a small house in Appalachia, the main objective is to enjoy your life and not worry about what others think. Almost all of the Appalachian residence were proud of their style of living and didn’t really want much more. My favorite part of the movie was at the end when Lily (the song-catcher) decides to stay and live in the mountains with all the folk singers because she realizes how peaceful and simple life should be.

Mi Familia

Posted in Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 by zackpatton44

After watching this movie, i wasn’t to impressed with it, however there where some parts i did enjoy. I thought the story line was pretty good but i had trouble relating to the movie. If i had some latin or mexican heritage, or even if my immediate family had settled here from another country I probably would have felt more of a connection.   I thought the film was extremely informative, and gave the audience a sense of what a family coming across the border from Mexico might have to deal with. I thought it was interesting to see how easy it was for people to cross the boarder from Mexico, opposed to today. Of course the situation and population of the U.S is much different today, but i thought the movie showed great insight into how one could relate to a family trying to make a better life for themselves by coming to this country.