by John Aldrich
It was a week ago today when we were scheduled to have our annual Winter Stories event at the warehouse. At about 3:00, two hours before starting time, it began to snow. Ma'ii was trying to trick us into staying home. By 5:00 there was heavy snow on the roads and no sign of a snow plow. Those of us who got there early speculated that no one was likely to show up given the conditions which were only getting worse. Some folks had to come all the way from Spanish Fork, 50 miles distant.
But people started trickling in, and they kept coming and coming. We ended up with a full house - over 125 - and most everyone brought something to contribute to the food table so we had quite a feast.
Rodger Williams is the organizer and master of ceremonies for this event. Every year he puts together an entertaining and instructive evening.
If we were in a real hogan, though, we probably wouldn't have the opportunity to enjoy a drum group like we had this particular evening.
Southern War Pony has participated in other ANE events and again offered us stirring and energizing performances during the evening.
Eileen Quintana was the first to speak about cultural topics. Eileen's messages are always heartfelt and sincere. She encouraged us to honor our families and heritage regardless of our background.
Steve Todechiini made his debut at Winter Stories last year and returned for another engagement. He spoke about the clan system within Navajo culture as well as a variety of other topics.