Splash Biography

CHRISTOPHER ALVORD, Yale Sophomore studying Psychology

Major: Psychology

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2017

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

My full name is Christopher Kodiak Alvord, but I go by Kodi for short. I was born in Gallup, New Mexico outside the Navajo reservation. I am Navajo, and my clans are Tsi'naajinii (black-streaked-wood), and Ashii'hii Diné (Salt-People Clan). I am heavily involved with Yale's Native American Cultural Center. I am a member of the Association of Native American's at Yale, Blue Feather Drum Group, and I am vice president of Yale's American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). I am following a premedical path, and I hope to enter medicine either as a surgeon or a psychiatrist, and serve disadvantaged communities.

Past Classes

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H1321: Navajo History and Culture in Splash Fall 14 (Nov. 08, 2014)
Have you ever met a real Native American? Have you wondered why the Washington football team's name is surrounded in controversy? This course will break down stereotypes, and provide a glimpse into the reality of what it means to be Native American. More specifically, this course will explore the history and culture of the Navajo Nation, the largest federally recognized Native American tribe in the United States. Topics will include historical relations between the Navajo Nation and the federal government (including the forced relocation of the Navajo people to Bosque Redondo, and the use of Code Talkers in World War Two), Navajo origin stories/religion, and contemporary issues related to Navajo politics, economy, and culture.