today we went to the school, and worked. my mom and i spent today painting the outside of the school. right now i am covered in paint, but i had an awsome time. while we were painting linda coats was playing with the kids outside, and when i was watching them i was suprized to see that they were playing red rover! it was so weird to see the students in africa playing a game that i played when i was in elementary school.
i also got to help put together a library system in the school, whe put cards, due dates, and chikumbuso school stamps in each book. what was really great was that i got to talk to a bunch of girls from the school. i asked them about dancing, what they like to do, and a bunch of different things. it was cute because on of the girls was like, do you know ..... she just went to america? just like america was so small that i should know everyone. i think because linda knows almost everyone that comes to visit from america, they think that it is a small place or something. it was cute.
i got alot of information about african dancing from gertrude and maurene. they sat down and explained to me what the dances meant, and the history behind alot of the dancing. maurene explained to me that how well a girl could dance would determin if she would be a good wife, and men would look at these girls dancing at their "comming out" and if they liked what they saw they would just pick the girl up and bring her home to marry. i learned so much about the culture behind dancing, and i think this will help alot with my multicultural project.