Sunday, June 12, 2011

Day 6 - Horseback Riding and Cookout

Saturday (June 11) was a day of relaxation and fun for the members of the 2011 Navajo Oral History project.

The Winona State University students rode horses in Canyon de Chelly National Monument with a Navajo Guide and saw some ancient Anasazi ruins and petroglyphs.

It was a two-hour ride, with the horses full-out galloping for most of the last half-hour of the ride. Everyone had fun, but there are many sore butts in the group.

After the ride, we enjoyed lunch at the A & W in Chinle, Arizona, then headed up into the Chuska Mountains about Lukachukai, Arizona, to help shear sheep and have a cook-out with Vernon and Miranda Haskie and their children.

In addition to being a world-class silversmith, Vernon knows his way around a grill. He cooked steak, burgers and hotdogs for our group.

Miranda Haskie taught the students how to make flat bread tortillas.

(photo by Dave Dvorak)

(photo by Molly Golden)

Vernon Haskie is also good with a lasso, catching the sheep for shearing. The students also tried their hand at the lasso.

(above three photos by Molly Golden)

(above four photos by Alex Fisher)

(Above three photos by Alex Fisher)

(above two photos by Dave Dvorak)

After lunch, the group took a hike down to the creek and to a beautiful cliff edge overlooking Lukachukai.

(photo by Molly Golden)

(above three photos by Alex Fisher)

(above two photos by Dave Dvorak)

The evening was spent in the dorm rooms at Diné College working on transcribing interviews, downloading video and editing photographs.

(photo by Alex Fisher)

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