Long ago in the north
Lies the road of emergence!
Yonder our ancestors live,
Yonder we take our being.
Yet now we come southward
For cloud flowers blossom here
Here the lightning flashes,
Rain water here is falling!
This poem details the Tewa & Anasazi’s journey from Asia to North America. It’s a poem from the Tewa Indians (a close relative of the Anasazi Indian) that’s in my Social Studies book, America Will Be. I’m typing it in here because it’s relevant to this post.
During Social Studies, I was discussing the Anasazi Indians when one of my students commented that he was playing Call of Duty and he encountered a player by the name of Anasazi. As he began to tell me more about the character, we got deeper into the discussion and a couple of my other students commented also.
“But Miss,” Car Boy said, “the guy looked like Chinese or something.”
“Well, Car Boy,” I said. Why do you think he looks Chinese or Asian. Could it have something to do with the Bering land bridge?”
“Oh,” he said. “I get it now. He probably crossed the Bering land bridge from Asia to North America!”
I love that Aha! moment; when connections are made. Who would have thought his connection between the Anasazi Indians and the Bering land bridge would have come from Call of Duty? Seriously, who would have thunk it?