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Western Horse Corral   Leave a comment

Monument Valley-3517-3-art-72.jpgWestern Horse Corral (Navajo Nation)– Photo-Artistry by kenne

“The past determines what our present is or our future will be.
I don’t think there is really a separation of the three.”

— Luci Tapahonso

Monument Valley — A Photo Essay   3 comments

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Monument Valley Panorama-blogMonument Valley Images by kenne
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11. Meditation

Our life’s greatest challenges will be won
With the spirit and not by the sinews
At times next to you the Dance’s ghosts run
Other times they can be found within you

Smooth, rolling strides become my rhythm and rhymes
Subtly pick open my heart and mind’s locks
At peace, I'm inured to passage of time 
A slack-jawed Buddha floats between the rocks

Sun-baked vermillion cliff, eternity 
Spirit of the wild, you are the portal 
Stretching out to you, encompassing me 
Melt, intertwine, these moments immortal 

Fallen angels, my soul is expurging
When the body, mind, and soul are merging
-- from "Ghosts of Sun Dance -- Part 2" by Author

Explore Navajo Museum In Tuba City   4 comments

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Images by kenne
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The Explore Navajo Interactive Museum, located next to the historic Tuba City Trading Post,
had its premiere at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.
The cultural exhibit represented the first time the Navajo Nation told its story to the world.

— kenne

In Beauty May I Walk: Navajo Prayer – Anonymous

In beauty may I walk;
All day long may I walk;
Through the returning seasons may I walk.

Beautifully will I possess again
Beautifully birds
Beautifully butterflies…

On the trail marked with pollen may I walk;
With grasshoppers about my feet may I walk;
With dew around my feet may I walk.

With beauty before me may I walk
With beauty behind me may I walk
With beauty above me may I walk
With beauty all around me,
may I walk.

In old age, wandering on a trail of beauty, lively;
In old age, wandering on a trail of beauty, living again…
It is finished in beauty.
It is finished in beauty.

 

Tuba City Trading Post And Navajo Code Talker Museum   Leave a comment

Tuba City-1717 blogOn the road headed to Tuba City on the Navajo Nation, with a population of over 8,600, it is the largest city in the Navajo Nation.
The majority of the residents are Navajo, with a small Hopi minority.

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The Tuba City Trading Post was established in 1870 and has been a place of commerce among the Navajo people in the area.
The Trading Post has been restored to capture much of its original appearance and still remains a working trading post.

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The hogan is the traditional dwelling of the Navajo people. 

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Joy enters the primary entrance to the historical trading post in Tuba City.

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The Navajo Code Talker Museum is connected to the Tuba Trading Post.

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While on the road, we passed time listening to The Garth Channel on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

Passing Through Sedona On Way To Monumant Valley   1 comment

Sedona Snapshots (April 22, 2018) by kenne

A week ago today we began a short trip that would take us to several places we have been before, the exception being Monument Valley in the Navajo Nation. Heading north on I-10, we took I-17 north to Flagstaff out of Pheinox with a little detour over to Sedona and the Oak Creek Canyon. After a brief stop in Sedona, we began the beautiful drive on the twisting Oak Creek Canyon 89A highway.

Our next stop was Flagstaff, just long enough to top off the gas tank, before heading on the Tuba City located in the Painted Desert on the Navajo Nation, where we planned to spend the night and check out the old Tuba City Trading Post.

— kenne

Antelope Canyon — I’ve Got To Go Back!   6 comments

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Antelope Canyon On Lake Powell, Arizona — Images by kenne (Click on any of the tiled images to see larger image view in a slideshow.)

June 9th we took a boat cruse from Lake Powell / Wahweap Marina that included going into one of the best known and photographed slot canyons, Antelope Canyon. The weather was perfect, only missing a few passing clouds that would have made the clear blue sky even more perfect. The boat followed the original path of the Colorado River along the shores of the Navajo Nation. The morning sun made for rich and deep colors on the high canyon walls — poetry in reddish striations. 

Sandstone Tapestry

 Breath taking moments,

A taste is not near enough

Of this slot beauty.

kenne

Capturing The Moment — Wolfgang, Peter And The Navajo Woman   6 comments

Wolfgang P. TheissWhen Wolfgang and I first met by the pool two years ago, we would talk about philosophy and share other common interest topics. Often, conversations would begin on whatever book he was reading by the pool.

Two years ago, Wolfgang spent about three weeks here in southern Arizona, enjoying the hot summer sun. It was not his first time visiting Tom in Tucson, and he indicated he would be visiting again next year. But, that didn’t happen – I didn’t ask why, distracted by the pleasure of seeing him again.

Since Joy and I had just returned from vacation, I assumed he had just arrived. However, he had arrived while we were gone, during which time he and Tom did a road-trip to northern Arizona and southern Utah, and was now in his last week here in the states. 

Wolfgang was anxious to share the time they spent in the Navajo Nation territory taking in some of its natural beauty. However, his most memorable moment was that of a conversation he had with a Navajo woman, whom he greeted in Navajo. Although his Navajo vocabulary is limited, she seemed to be impressed. Upon departing, she told him that when he comes back he will be able to speak in Navajo. 

“No I won’t,” Wolfgang said.

“That’s the right answer,” she replied.

Now Wolfgang has a kindred spirit in the Navajo Nation. 

As in the past, I was curious as to what Wolfgang’s poolside reading was. As the title was in German, I only know the author’s name; Peter Sloterdijk. I now plan on reading some of Sloterdijk’s work, especially learning more about his theory of the human as a practicing, training being, which may give me additional insight on why “ becoming is superior to being,” and the process of becoming (improving) as individuals and groups can result in a more convivial society.

Related to this thought, I shared a poem I first heard in the late ‘50s from my high school English teacher: 

“Good, better, best,

Never let it rest,

Till your good is better,

And your better is best.” 

This little poem has been my life’s anthem.

(Until recently, the author of the poem was unknown, but a recent Google search gives credit to professional basketball player, Tim Duncan. Look at what media exposure can do for you!)

We also talked about the concept and philosophy of “feathering,” which I will post on at a later time.

Keep on feathering, my friend.

kenne

Wolfgang P. TheissWolfgang P. Theiss — Images by kenne

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