This is the “White House” over look at Canyon De Chelly (pronounced Canyon De Chey) . It has been around for centuries. Many of the artists gather their materials from this area. The clay for pottery, the flagstone for rock art, and the plants which produce the dies for coloring the yarn in rugs and paint coloring for Sandpaintings. Many of the older Navajo families still live around this area.
This another picture of Canyon De Chelly. The small channel leads through the “White House” ruin.
This picture was taken of a good friend Kim Frejo (a member of the Navajo and Pawnee Nations) and her niece in September 2004, at the National Museum of the American Indian dedication in Washington, D.C. Both are wearing authentic handmade traditional dress. You can see here that Navajo rugs were actually used for clothing hundreds of years ago. They were woven quite thin. As time progressed, the weaving got thicker and became more commonly used for rugs placed on the floor. These days, because of their beauty and appreciation, they are typically hung on a wall.
Another good friend of ours is Rolinda Benally. She is of the Navajo Nation, Chinle, Arizona area. Rolinda seen here next to Company Commander, marches for the Navajo Nation in the U.S. Army reserve. Many Native Americans march for there respective tribal nations during special occasions. This photo was also taken at the First Americans museum dedication in Washington D.C. in September 2004.
Apache Crown dancers