Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

N = Navajo Nation: A to Z Blogging Challenge

 The Navajo Nation covers 27,425 square miles in northeastern Arizona, southeastern Utah and northwestern New Mexico. The area is governed by the Navajo Tribal Council. All tribal land is owned in trust by the Nation.

Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Monument Valley, Rainbow Briddge National Monument and Shiprock are all within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation. Many movies have been filmed in Monument Valley including “Stagecoach,” “The Searchers,” “Easy Rider,” and “Forrest Gump.” Most people will be recognize the Mittens, famous rock formations. Many people became aware of the Navajo through the movie “Windtalkers” about two World War II Marines who were assigned to protect the Navajo men who used their ancient language as an unbreakable code.
The Navajo are known for their blankets, rugs and turquoise and silver jewelry. Handmade items can be found at roadside booths throughout the Nation and also in modern tourist shops on the more popular highways.

Navajo (or Indian) Fry Bread is a popular treat for residents of the southwest. The puffy fried bread is covered with either honey or powdered sugar or made into an “Indian Taco” with beans, meat, lettuce, tomatos, cheese and salsa.

At the Festival of the West in Scottsdale, Arizona, March 2013.

To learn more about the A to Z Blogging Challenge go here.