Day 3 of my trip to Scottsdale, Arizona, for the Falmouth Institute's Native Language Preservation Summit. (Here are my reports for Day 1 and Day 2.)
Going to bed early Monday night wasn't enough to get a good night's sleep. I woke up at 3 am. Since I couldn't go back to sleep, I surfed the Net and took pictures of the dawn. Then I briefly explored the pool area.
At 9 am we gathered for a poster session. We broke into small groups and shared ideas about language techniques. We wrote them down on a poster and shared them with the room.
Then we had a technology panel. Don and Kara Thornton of Thornton Media discussed their language program for the Nintendo DSi. In a few minutes they loaded several words of the Yavapai language into the device.
The organizer had asked me to fill in for the representative of the Rosetta Stone language-learning software. I spoke for 10 minutes on that and a few miscellaneous things. The session wasn't over but I hurried out, because I had to catch a shuttle van to the airport.
On the shuttle ride, I kept drifting off because of my lack of sleep. I perked up at the airport because it had Hopi katsina displays and free Wi-Fi. The TSA agents also patted me down and searched my laptop bag a couple times, which was a new experience for me.
On the flight back I drifted off some more. I finally made it to my condo late in the afternoon. After eating something other than muffins, Tootsie Rolls, or peanuts for the first time that day, I hit the sack and crashed for about six hours.
And that was my trip to the Fort McDowell Yavapai reservation.