Sunday, June 20, 2010

Faces of Phoenix

Cayenne Pecan Brittle.
Katsina Dolls.
Brisket Sliders.
Brother Tito Garcia.
In order to photograph, videotape or write about anything you need to become immersed in what you are
trying to capture.
I was excited for our weekend off from our classroom work to do just that - mingle with the
local people.
The Farmer's Market in downtown Phoenix blew my
mind away. There were all kinds of people - from
Navajo and Mexican jewelry makers to local artists and farmers selling their wonderful products. I managed to support the local market quite a bit as there were many deals and delights to investigate. As I sit here munching on the pecan brittle I was trying to bring home to a loved one, I can say without a doubt that talking to these people really made me realize how hard-working, friendly and talented the locals are.

Later in the day, a few of us went to the Heard native American museum. I was in awe as numerous artifacts, paintings and the like were on display to capture so many Native American tribes. It was
a strong reminder of how the west began and where it stands today because of the indigenous people. One of the best things I saw was the artwork of local teenagers. It was nice to seen how they carry on the traditions of their respective cultures through their paintings.
On Saturday a visit to the newly established Duce eatery (thanks Jamalee) proved to be a very cool thing and Phoenix should be proud of the creativity of their local people in trying to attract locals and tourists to the area.
Sunday a visit to St. Mary's Basilica refreshed my soul. The welcoming we received not only walking in the door but throughout the entire service was wonderful and a stroll in the calm garden afterwards made me even more grateful for my blessings in being chosen to come here.

Kellie Wagner
Journalism & Media Academy
Hartford, Conn.

1 comment:

  1. You're welcome, Kelly. I'm so glad that you are all enjoying the wonderful place I call "home," and supporting our local businesses. Come back and visit anytime.

    Jamalee Moret
    Alhambra High School