Last month I spent time with my dad, Willard Sakiestewa Gilbert, on Second Mesa. As some readers know, I often write and speak about his influence on my life and career. [See my post “Job Shadowing my Father, and my Path to Tenure”]
He, along with my mom and other members of my family, accompanied me to the Village of Shungopavi where I gave a talk on Hopi runners at the Louis Tewanima Footrace Pre-Race Dinner.
The photograph above is of me standing with my dad – right before I went inside the Shungopavi Community Center to present (below).
A special thanks to Sam Taylor and the Louis Tewanima Association for the opportunity to participate in their event.
One thought on “Spending time with my dad on Second Mesa”
I’m sure your father is proud of you, Gilbert, with all of your academic accomplishments. It’s important to stay connected with our loved ones. It’s especially critical for Indian families, since so many were torn apart by government programs meant to “civilize” them down to contemporary problems with unemployment and substance abuse. Please keep up the good work! We need you.