August 3 11, 2002
The trip to Belize was a "Volunteer In Mission" group from the Grace Methodist Church in Oklahoma City, OK. Twenty one of us gathered together at the OKC Airport to go on a construction trip to Corozal, and vacation Bible school in the small town of Libertad, Belize, Central America.
I took about 2,000 strings with me and started in the airport, teaching the team
members some of the string figures. We had the attention of some of the other passengers
and so some of the team members, when they learned a figure, taught some one else. What a
great way to wait.
They did come back and brought some friends. In fact some of the team, who were used to
working with younger students, were not too happy to have this older influence. It seems
they were not so interested in the cutting and pasting, they wanted to learn more string
stuff. We reached a whole new group we had not planned on reaching. It was awesome. We
worked with them for the week and they became most accomplished.
We took a little time for sight seeing and went to the Blue Hole. There the ranger knew
a couple of string figures. He blew me away when he did a Navajo figure and called it a
"Hammock". He was originally from El Salvador and said he learned it as a child.
We also visited the National Zoo in Belmopan. A movie company has collected some native animals and used them for a Tarzan movie. When they were done they offered them to Belize. The government set aside some land and fenced it in. Mostly with regular hog wire fencing and put the animals in.
The one pen had a sign that said "Deer and Iguana". As you stood there you could see Iguana climbing the fence and getting out while others were climbing the fence to get in. I guess they feed them there so there are always some in the fence.
I loved the signs in English, that they had.
Notice the red tiger near the fence with theskeleton nearby. That skeleton was out where you could touch it, and yet was in perfect shape.
And of course I needed to have their local Boa Constrictor look at one of my string figures.
Hopefully I can get back. Pastor Roosevelt, our local connection said that he could work out an itinerary where I could go from village to village, hosted by the local clergy and working with schools and churches.
Waiting to hear from him what would be the best time to go. August was not the best time to be in the jungle. Hot and steamy.