After the Fisher reading I remembered this from a while back. It wasn’t until I read the article about urban outfitters misappropriating the term Navajo that I actually started to think about the common misconceptions about Navajo and Native American culture as a whole and I started noticing that they actually happen a lot.
So I’ve been home for a month and I have to say adjusting to life back home is way harder than adjusting to life abroad. Maybe it’s because you have more expectations about coming home or way more memories here to compare reality to. But in the past several weeks I’ve been happy to be home, felt awkward around my friends and now that I’m finally settling into a routine between summer school, work, internship, catching up with friends and spending time with family where I’m glad I’m home and actually feel comfortable. Although right now in this heat when I close my eyes all I see are cobblestone streets with trees lined up on either side, I hear birds chirping and I feel the cool northern French breeze as I walk along just taking it all in.
Peter Eisenman’s memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe was truly one of the most awesome Holocaust Memorials I’ve been to. The architecture is creepy but he left it open to interpretation with the goal that people would incorporate it into their lives instead of visiting when they wanted to remember. It was poignant walking through the memorial thinking about what it meant and hearing the laughter of a little girl playing hide and seek with her parents and people picnicking