Always in the deep woods when you leave familiar ground and step off alone into a new place there will be, along with the feelings of curiosity and excitement, a little nagging of dread. It is an ancient fear of the unknown and is your first bond with the wilderness you are going into. What you are doing is exploring. -- Wendell Berry

The TRIP: GUINEA - wonkifong --> MALI - bamako, djenne, douentza, Dogon Country --> Burkina Faso - ouagadougou, bobo-dioulasso, bala, ouagadougou --> GHANA - tamale, mole national park, tamale, yeji, volta lake ferry, akosombo, accra, green turtle lodge, elmina, cape coast, accra, hohoe and wli falls --> TOGO - kpalime, atakpame, lome --> BENIN - cotonu (transport stop) --> NIGER - niamey, tahoua, agadez, camel trek in aiir mtns, niamey --> BENIN (abomey, grand popo, ouidah, ganvie, cotonou) --> CAMEROON (douala, buea, top of Mt Cameroon, limbe, sangelima, yaounde, kribi, douala) --> MAURITANIA (nouakchott, atar, chinguetti, camels into the sahara, terjit, choume, ride the coal train, nouadhibou) --> MOROCCO (western sahara, dakhla, agadir, essaouira, marrakesh, imlil, summit of jebel toubkal, fes, chefchaouen) --> cross the Strait of Gibraltar --> Malaga, Spain --> fly to Geneva, Switzerland --> Les Grangettes, France
Click for a map. Updated April 30, 2007

jeudi, avril 27, 2006

Museum Night

At my amazing school in Portland, we work on large projects and then celebrate by inviting the community in to look at our work. Over the past several months, each class has studied a different ancient culture. My class studied Greece. The following photographs are from our "museum opening" on April 19, 2006. Each student created artifacts and also worked on large scale projects during class time. The photographs posted represent a fraction of the great work my students accomplished. Enjoy!

Bull-Leaping Fresco
The famous "Bull- leaping" fresco, from the East wing of the palace, where the different phases of the sport are shown.The Minoan bull- leapers were both men and women (c.1500 BC).

Swimming Dolphins Fresco Found in a very elaborately decorated room, the so-called "Queen's Chamber" in the Palace of Knossos on the Greek island of Crete, this image of marine life celebrated the sea for these Minoan people (c.1500 BC).

Minoan Snake Goddess Idol
The Minoan civilization occurred during the Bronze Age and was an influential precursor to Ancient Greece. The civilization was located on Crete, a large island in the southern Aegean. Minoan civilization is thought to have lasted from 1900 BC to 1100 BC. Little is known about the Minoan civilization since the written language has not been translated. Minoan society appears to be controlled by an elite class that controlled religious, political and economic centers. Minoan religion appears to be centered on worshipping Goddess idols in nature scenes. The Minoans created much art that still survives. This is a life size replica of an idol found by Arthur Evans at the Palace of Knossos.