“Niña’s Hallowed Grounds Halloween” written by Norma Flores, is a 4 page story about a 12 year old San Luis Rey Mission Indian Girl in1905, who has to gather wood & twigs for both the few remaining priests at the Mission & the American soldiers living close by the San Luis Rey Mission, in present day Oceanside, California.
One afternoon, she is sent to gather wood & twigs so the soldiers can cook their supper. But, she is afraid to go near her ancestor’s sacred burial grounds because it is getting dark & she might hear some screams!
She enters the burial grounds anyway and sees the vision of a great chief who makes the other souls talk to her. After hearing their message, Niña is no longer afraid and returns to share the message her ancestors gave her, with the white men, soldiers & priests.
The moral of the story, on page 4, is that if you are brave, you too can find a treasure of saving the land for the people instead of just twigs for the soldiers.
Page 5 , Questions for Discussion of Student’s Values, directs a pair of students to meet with each other & verbally discuss the story then answer the questions. After they answer the questions, they rate themselves on an Agreement scale of A-D. If they rate themselves as a 1 or a zero, they are advised to try, try, try Again!
After each pair has had a chance to read the story & discuss the answers, they should prepare a brief oral report about a current event this story reminds them of.
This is a great way to supplement the curriculum on California Missions with contemporary insights using Indigenous Indians’ voices because every voice matters in a multicultural world! Enjoy This Halloween Story. It’s a Treat!