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