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What if I stay on the Rez?

April 2, 2010-This sign marks a northern boundary of the Navajo Reservation.

One of my BU journalism professors says photos of signs suck. In his opinion, a good photo shouldn’t rely on words someone else printed, stamped or scrawled on a surface for content. But I think this is an exception. Not that it’s a great photo, it’s not. But driving into Navajo territory is like entering another country. When you cross the border, you depart a money-driven, western world that views clean running water and electricity as human rights, and enter a country shaped by sacred stories, traditional values, fast food chains and an insatiable energy industry. English is spoken of course, but only out of necessity.

As I stumble through this culture, clearly white, priveleged and out of place, I’m constantly reminded that a sense of humor is key when it comes to ignorantly breaking taboos left and right. A sense of humor on both sides.

Here are some random photos from my recent adventures…

March 24, 2010-Red Mesa Trading Post, Red Mesa, Navajoland.

April 2, 2010-An old Navajo hogan near Teec Nos Pos, Navajoland.

April 2, 2010-An enormous waterfall near Teec Nos Pos.

April 2, 2010-Indian paintbrush blooms near Teec Nos Pos.

Categories: Photography, Travel
  1. April 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Love these chica, so proud of you…

  2. April 5, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    great write up and magnificent pics! delve in there girl!

  3. alyrene
    April 12, 2010 at 7:09 am

    your sign picture definitely does not suck. looks like an awesome experience!

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