Sunday, June 7, 2015

Horseback Riding and Canyon Viewing

Sunday on the Navajo Nation was a day for the students participating in the 2015 Navajo Oral History Project to relax and rejuvenate before the last few days of class.

The day started with a sad goodbye to Josh Averbeck, who had to leave today (Sunday, June 7) to drive back to the Albuquerque Airport and return home to Minnesota. Josh was a student participant on the Navajo Oral History Project in 2011, and came back this year as an alumnus advisor. During his 11 days with the project this summer he used his knowledge and experience to help the students as a technical advisor. Josh also helped keep the stressful days light with his excellent sense of humor and timing.

 A few members of one of the journalism groups drove to Fort Defiance, Arizona, to attend an ecumenical church service at His Master's Ranch Ministry, a small church run by Louva Dahozy, her daughter, Katherine Arviso, and Katherine's husband, Juan. The service was nice and those in attendance asked the Minnesota group about their project, doing a documentary film about Louva's life. They sang several traditional hymns in the Navajo language.

The WSU group traveled to Chinle, Arizona, for lunch and to visit a Diné College alumnus of the program, Lionel Harvey.

Several group members took a horseback riding tour of Canyon Del Muerto, the northern branch of the Canyon de Chelly National Monument.

On the way back to Tsaile, Arizona, the NOHP group stopped at several of the canyon overlooks to view the amazing landscape and Anasazi ruins.

While hiking around the Massacre Cave overlook, Jake Hilsabeck shot this next image and called it "The Grier in its natural habitat."

Later, at the Diné College dorm, Robbie Christiano shot this next image: "The Jake in its natural habitat."

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