McMenamy, guest speaker, April 7, 2013, for
the Mother/Daughter Tea.
April 7, a very pleasant Sunday afternoon,
about 100 women of all ages gathered in the
Youth Center for a Mother/Daughter Tea.
Speaker for the afternoon was Eldrena (aka,
we mingled, munching very tasty
refreshments. Then, we settled at tables
where we shared information about
ourselves: where we were born, the special
meaning of our name and the culture of our
began telling her story. A
Pueblo Indian, Drena’s heritage includes
three different tribes:
Hopi, Tewah, and Leguna. She grew up in the
Indian culture in Arizona and New Mexico.
older relative gave her the name, Na Sun
Mana, which means “little girl who likes to
eat a lot.”
Eldrena’s first contact with Christianity
was at a Vacation Bible School in Winslow,
Arizona. She remembers two things from that
experience: Play-Doh and Kool Aid!
her parents’ divorce, Drean, first lived
with her father, then, went to live with her
mother and her seven brothers and sisters in
Paguati, New Mexico.
home had no running water. All water had to
dishes. To complete this job, she carried
the water, heated it on the stove; washed
of her birthdays. At school, she learned
that little girls often had birthday
parties with presents to celebrate their
birthdays. Unfortunately, she