Monument Valley and Navajoe Indians

Trip Start Jan 10, 2008
Trip End Feb 17, 2009

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Drove to Monument Valley today. it was very majestic. The rock formations were formed by lava coming up through the sea and cooling. No photograph will do justice to what me and Neil saw, but I will put some in later so you have a rough idea.

A Navajo Indian called Richard drove us round in a jeep. Each monument had been named by the indians, such as 'the eye of God' or 'the ear of the wind'. We got to one place and Richard asked us all to lay down and shut our eyes. He then started singing Navajo songs and it was amazing. You felt so small and insignificant in such a large and partly desolate place.

After that we drove to a traditional hogan which would be our camp for the night. All 12 of us slept in the same hogan, which is like a mud hut with a stove in it and a chimney. It got really warm in the night, so much so that I only slept in my thermals (believe me, we've had some cold nights where many layers were worn to bed!!)

After dinner the navajo's put on a bit of a show for us, and had us all up and dancing at one point! There was then a question and answer session, where we could ask them anything we wanted. It was all going well until Hannah thought that they wore watermelons on their heads to protect themselves in WWII!!! I had to explain that the Navajo's named objects using words from other objects, so a helmet looked like a watermelon. It was a very funny moment. 
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clym08 on

Must been a fun trip, Monument Valley is a wonderful sight. I've been there.

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