School Chairs : Abandoned Navajo Trading Post : Monument Valley

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I made this picture in a currently abandoned trading post for the people of the Navajo Nation on the road way into Monument Valley just beyond the little settlement of Mexican Hat ……… Inside this very rudimentary hut were these two chairs and this book ‘Steps To Christ’ ……… Call me crazy but I found the ‘how to’ become a Christian book a tiny bit depressing …….. I am of course crazy ……. But I think if I were Navajo I would stay with the traditional beliefs and culture of my people, especially if I still lived in this amazing land. A place that still.. even to me .. echoes with the call of the Navajo ancestors.

Interestingly, I talked to a very nice Catholic missionary living and working on the reservation for the Sioux Nation earlier on this trip … a couple of weeks back now… up in South Dakota. She told me Catholic members of the Sioux Nation to some extent combined their traditional culture with their adopted Catholicism …… She said this was especially obvious at funerals. So I guess that is likely the same for Navajo Christians.

Matt likes to go on ….. and on……. about rattle snakes all the time ( because he knows I am totally freaked out by all snakes ) . He likes nothing more than reading out loud bits off the web about the relative aggressiveness of the Diamond Back and the Great Basin rattler blah blah ………… the likelihood of a bite being fatal …….. or the human having to have a linb amputated after being bitten ……… how they only strike after you release your foot if you tread on them? ( That can’t be right surely ??? ) …….. anyway you can imagine he was loving this hut above ……… careful I wouldn’t go in there….. perfect Sidewinder territory……. most aggressive of the 5 species (and 2 subspecies) of Utah dwelling rattle snakes ……………. blah blah……..

Cheers Jez XXXXXXXXXXX

[ 13 ] comments
Matt is right watch out for those ssssssssnakes.
kathy K @ May 16, 2013, 9:23 am
Don’t worry Im watching for ’em alright :))
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XXX @ May 16, 2013, 11:03 am
Nah, its not the snakes you need to worry about. They stay out of your way unless you corner them… Its the scorpions that’ll make a
mess of you 🙂
Matt @ May 16, 2013, 11:16 am
luckily as y know i am entirely clad in anti scorpion armour ……… or at least no matter how hot it gets…….. the anti scorpion no
shorts rule stays operative……… :))))
cheers baby Jez XXXXXXX
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XXX @ May 16, 2013, 11:32 am
It’s the huge “rattler” snake that lurks in the dusty wastelands of Matt’s underpants that you really have to fear, it is allegedly enormous
and deadly!!
Pattaya Phil xx @ May 16, 2013, 12:12 pm
Er… The call screening… It seems to be breaking down… Caller? Caller? Yeah we seem to have lost that caller…. Moving swiftly
on… :)))
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X @ May 16, 2013, 8:23 pm
I once pretended to be a Navajo Indian at a meeting with a gallery in London…long story, lol.
Hope all is well.
Harv.! @ May 16, 2013, 2:18 pm
You r a pretty convincing Navajo no doubt… Er… Well a lot more convincing than me that’s for sure baby … All is good we have now
completed 6000 miles of the trip so far…. And we r still in Colarado … A fair way to go still…. Hope all is good with you… :))
Cheers Jez XX
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@ May 17, 2013, 11:28 pm
So,at last your secrets out..We now know for certain who all those Indiana Jones films were based on… Remember Mate, Snakes only
want to be your friend… Dont be afraid..Remember Hissing Sid? Great Song… Stay Safe BRo, and guys keep `em peeled//
PaulS @ May 16, 2013, 4:22 pm
Yeah we decided to pass on a trip to rattlesnake valley…. And I am way more scared of snakes than Indy …. Hehehe… I once had
an angry rat snake in my house … I thought I was gonna pass out… Matt was laughing saying they r not even poisonous….
Hehehe… I had to ring for a critter man obviously ….. :)))
the health food diet continues…. I’m at least having a salad in
McDonalds…. Hehehe…
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@ May 17, 2013, 11:13 pm
Rolling in Arizona :))
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X @ May 17, 2013, 1:12 am
Rolling in New Mexico :))
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@ May 17, 2013, 1:25 am
Rolling in Colarado XX
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@ May 17, 2013, 1:47 am

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