"Monument Valley - May You Walk In Beauty" Top 5 Page for this destination Monument Valley State Park by Trekki
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I am currently working on this page, because I wrote it ages ago and feel that it is very much rubbish text- and informationwise. And I miss the good old southwest so much that I will return as soon as possible, horray, red rock country!
Please be patient and wait until I am finished with the revamp.
Thank you :-)
......where harmony is present in each stone
No matter where you are in Navajo Land, you always feel the vastness of space, the boundlessness of the horizon. Mesas, plateaus, buttes, sandstone formations of any kind surround you in these magic golden - orange - red - pink colours, which even change their shades, depending on the angle of incident light -
- no other part in the Southwest can contribute so much to inner reflection, enrichment and beauty as it can Navajo Land.
With nearly 70.000 sqkm, the land stretches out most of the northeastern Arizona, into Utah and New Mexico. The land is surrounded by four sacred mountains - in the East it is Blanco Peak (CO), in the West it is San Francisco Peaks (AZ), in the North it is La Plata Range and in the South it is Mount Taylor (NM), all play an important role in Navajo religion.
Maybe the mind works like centuries of erosion,
The runoffs and channels mostly bone-dry and then flooded
With a wall of water out of the desert, itself absorbed
Almost instantly into the cracked ground and leaving
Only a thin layer of fine sludge like a train of thought.
Over time the larger formations appear, personality
And prejudice, a manner of speaking, assuming all sorts
Of fantastic shapes, climbing into the atmosphere
And achieving a shimmering air of grandeur and intent.
Of course, much is washed away that these may remain,
And the landscape of youth is ravaged beneath us.
Whatever is extraneous, or delicate, or less than tenacious,
Has less chance than a pack rat in the progress of ages,
Less chance than our own acts and inmost reflections
Stand in a lifetime of vanishing memories.
And so we are left with monuments, resembling so much,
To soften the harsh light into shadows and their hues,
To make something like beauty out of such earth.
By George Bradley.
Nothing can describe Navajo Land, its people and its religion better than the words of Ray Russell, Director of Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation:
MESSAGE FROM DEPT. MANAGER
The Diné journeyed through three lower worlds in various forms of being, faced by many trials and tribulations before they emerged into this world that we call Disoos, the Glittering of Sparkling World. We inhabit the land between the four sacred mountains bounded by the great rivers. The Holy People created this world for us from which we are never to stray and which we must always protect. The Holy People also live in this world, in scared places, on the mountaintops, in the canyons, and the valleys. The have power over our daily lives by requiring us to walk and stay on the path of Hozhoo (harmony). Each day our morning prayers are said toward the east before the sun rises. We express gratitude for our good life, for our livestock, for our land, and the wonders we live among. The prayer that we sing as we ask for the blessings of the Holy People was also ask for you, our guest.
May it be beautiful before me.
May it be beautiful behind me.
May it be beautiful above me.
May it be beautiful below me.
May I walk in beauty.
The Navajo people have a custom that has endured. Whenever visitors come they are always treated as honored guests. They are offered shelter, warmth and nourishment so they can continue on with their journey. The same hospitality we offer to you, and we hope that you enjoy and admire our world as much as we do.
Ray Russell, Director
Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation
(taken from their website: Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation )
As being absolutely thrilled by the Red Rock Countries of Utah and Arizona's north, and although having visited America Southwest several times - Monument Valley was and will always be the most magnificent and mysterious place on this planet for me (apart from the everchanging wild and windy beauty of Patagonia, but this is another story....).
I can’t even tell why.
It might be because of the beauty and majestic appearance of these buttes and mesas and spires in this otherwise flat land, it might be because of the colors, which are out of this world, and change so dramatically during the day and the seasons.
It might be because I feel miniscule or even infinitesimal in this landscape with all my joys and fears being absolutely unimportant and experience a special kind of curing during or after being there.
And it is because I admire the Diné, the Navajo Nation, who administer the land on which Monument Valley is, and whereof a lot of families still live their traditional life there.
My pages do contain a lot of tips, as I want to show it here with my eyes and feelings.
Writing my page, I am going to explain a lot about Navajo culture, about their way of life, their symbols, their traditions, and also some don't-s, which I kindly ask to consider and respect when you visiting the park. Remember, there are still families living there, which is the reason why there is only 1 self-guided drive, while other parts can only be explored with Navajo guides.
How would you feel if masses of people would comb through your backyard ? Please keep this in mind. Thanks !
I am currently working on my phrasings and correct typing errors...
- Pros:out-of-the-world landscape - very friendly people
- Cons:you might never want to leave
- In a nutshell:eternal beauty and harmony !
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