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    What time is it?

    by goodfish Updated Jan 15, 2015

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    This can confuse the heck out of visitors to the Four Corners region.

    Arizona is one of only two states which doesn’t observe daylight savings time. This means that from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November, it runs one hour behind the time in the bordering states of Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.

    But to further muddle the matter, the Navajo Nation - which covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah - DOES observe DST so time in Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, Chinle or other locations within Arizona reservation land is one hour AHEAD of time at the Grand Canyon and other parts of the state during the same period.

    Now, to really mess with your head, the Hopi Nation - which has reservation land within the borders of the Navajo Nation, within the state of Arizona - does NOT observe DST so they’re on the same time as the Grand Canyon during the same period but not Monument Valley or Canyon de Chelly: remember that if the visiting First, Second or Third Mesa area.

    This is really only a problem if you want to be at, say, Monument Valley, Arizona before the scenic drive closes at 8:00 PM (summer months). 8:00 PM in Monument Valley Navajo reservation land is 7:00 PM in much of the rest of Arizona - so an hour ahead - so allow for an extra hour or so to get there in time.

    Relevant to Page/Antelope Canyon: even though Upper and Lower Antelope are on Navajo reservation land - and therefore should be 1 hour ahead of Page, Arizona time during much of the year - all tours of the canyon run on Page time so if you're already in Arizona, no problem. If you're coming from Utah for a pre-booked tour, do remember to re-set your watch (for 1 hour BEHIND; second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November) as you'll gain an hour once crossing the Arizona border.

    Make sense? I didn’t think so.

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    Navajo Mountain- Pioneers Day

    by n8iv1981 Written Jul 19, 2007

    Just want to inform those interested in the Annual Event at Navajo Mountain will be the 1st weekend of August. Hope to see you there. The more , the Merrier! Don't forget your shade(umbrella, hat, canopy, etc.) , cuz you will need it!

    Cool Pic!
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    Finger people

    by Grazina Updated Feb 14, 2004

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    Just to let you in on a little secret....us Navajo are finger people when it come to eating some food...soup & stew are a lot harder ;o)

    So anyways it is alway a custom of my people when you are invited into our homes...we would like for you go try our mutton or lamb dish.

    Brandon eating a mutton leg & melon

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    Navajo Taco the main ingredient "NAVAJO FRY BREAD"

    by Grazina Updated Aug 16, 2003

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    When coming to the REZ (Navajo Reservation) one must try the Native food.
    But please do NOT do as "Ajo" (he's from Germany) did. Let me explain....
    The custom is to have the fry bread nice and hot, then you put on homemade chili on top of that, next your cheese (American Cheese please), on top of that your tomatoes, then onions, last is lettuce...BUT, it's up to you, if you like hot salsa then that is the most last ingredient.

    Ajo put mustard and ketchup on his Navajo Taco ;oP

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    Taking in the music w/out interuption.

    by Grazina Updated Jun 7, 2003

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    This is Charlotte Tsosie's husband Dale Tsosie. It never fails that every time I bring over visitors or out of towners he is more then please to play his flute. Dale also sing not only in Navajo, but Hebrew as well.
    Charlotte & Dale are now working on a CD of their owe...with flute, Navajo singing & English as well with a Native beat. Will let you know when completed so you can order.

    This is Dale not the kokopelli

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    When Meeting a Navajo alway shake hands.

    by Grazina Updated Mar 2, 2003

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    As I said when coming up to a Navajo do shake hands that is a custom...but don't look into their eyes, that a no no.
    These are older Navajos in their late 60's on up. Yes they dress in 21st century clothes but on special occasion they do dress in Native outfit, but the older women will always wear their native dresses.

    Friendly Natives

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    Rodent on the road to Navajo Mountain.

    by Grazina Written Mar 1, 2003

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    Look very closely, the critter is a yellow plastic dinosaur, it was sitting in the back of my pick-up truck and Grazina pull it out and placed it on the road and took a picture of it. It's very interesting how her mind works.

    Critter cross

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    Come one come all.

    by Grazina Written Mar 1, 2003

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    You don't have to be Navajos to come out and have a good time at the Pioneer Day, as you can see I invited my dearest lithuanian friend Grazina, and 3 other European guys that were at the youth hostel in Page. They had a great time and took back memorys.

    Grazina, Ajo, John K., & John ?
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    Pioneer Day a Navajo Mountain.

    by Grazina Updated Mar 1, 2003

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    Annual at Navajo Mountain, the Navajos get together for Pioneer Day. Navajos display their goods, be it jewelry or native food, but always it's to have fun with horse racing, tug-a-war...among other activities. It is a whole day event of renewing friendship, or talking about the good old days, or just chewing the fat.

    View of Navajo Mountain
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    Love is in the air.

    by Grazina Updated Feb 26, 2003

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    It was always a lesson taught to not marry a white man, that it would bring "taboo" or that you would die within the year. NOT!!!!!
    With this story told to so many young Navajos in the turn of the century it's a no wonder that we are still a pure Tribe. But very few didn't listen to their parent and went ahead and married into the white nation....here is my auntie who married Scott Roberts from Michigan and this picture was taken in 1969. So in order to make her parents, my grandmother happy about the whole situation, they married the Navajo way. So you see them in the Navajo traditional outfits.

    Love birds/ Eleen & Roberts

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    Butchering a yearly sheep

    by Grazina Written Feb 14, 2004

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    When one comes to visit me we will prepare fresh meat for the visitor and to do so is to assist in working with the butchering...so you will get your finger dirty.

    Dad butchering

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    You can smile and hug the kids.

    by Grazina Updated Feb 26, 2003

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    These 3 sisters are triplets the first for the Navajo tribe, we have lots of twins but these girls are our first triplets.

    *Georgine
    *Germine
    *Geraldine

    The three

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