Developers and Writers:
A SPECIAL DEDICATION IS ALSO MADE TO LEAH BRADY FOR HER UNTIRING EFFORTS ON THE COOPERATIVE LEARNING UNITS.
THE FOLLOWING POEM IS DEDICATED TO HER.
ALL I WANT
All I want is the bread to turn out like hers just once
soft, airy insides
rich and round
that is all.
So I ask her: How many cups?
Ah Yaa ah, she says,
tossing flour and salt into a large silver bowl.
I don't measure with cups.
I just know by my hands,
just a little like this is right, see?
You young pople always ask
those kids of questions,
thrusting her arms into the dough
and turning it over and over again.
The table trembles with her movements.
I watch silently and this coffee is good,
strong and fresh.
Outside, her son is chopping wood,
his body an intense arc.
The dull rhythm of winter
is the swinging of the axe
and the noise of children squeezing in
with the small sighs of the wind
through the edges of the windows.
She pats and tosses it furiously
shaping balls of warm, soft dough.
There, we'll let it rise,
she says, sitting down now.
We drink coffee and there is nothing
like the warm smell of bread rising
on windy, woodchopping afternoons.
- Lucy Tapahonso
This unit was developed for upper elementary students. The units were compiled by Native American teachers of Nevada Indian descent. The individual units were written by individual teachers, thereby, incorporating the individual teacher's ideas.
Leah Brady is of Western Shoshone descent and taught first grade Learning Disabled students in Fallon, Nevada.
Debra E. Dale was of Northern Paiute and Shoshone descent and taught fourth grade at Roger Corbett Elementary School in Reno, Nevada.
Yvonne Emm Dunn is of Northern Paiute descent and taught first grade at Natchez School in Wadsworth, Nevada.
Maxine Castillo Emm is of Northern Paiute descent and taught upper elementary in Carson City schools and Lyon County.
Bernice H. Servilican is of Laguna-Pueblo and Washoe descent and taught at the secondary level in Washoe County School District.
Long, pretty -
swinging, swaying, moving
To the drums beat
3rd Grade, Mrs. Jim, 1987
Owyhee Combined Schools