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#101: Contrast and Compare

October 31, 2009

In Monument Valley I came across an elder Navajo woman who spoke not a word of English, only Navajo.  She was cleaning up her table after a day of peddling recently handcrafted wares to passerby.  The woman caught a glimpse of the cluster bracelet on my wrist and asked if she could see it, her daughter-in-law Janet translated.

I learned that she actually lived within Monument Valley, as Janet pointed to her home towards the horizon, and was related to everyone else who lives within it, either as a cousin, aunt, or grandmother.

This beautiful woman, with skin the color of the red rock surrounding us, had inherited her two bracelets from her mother.  She was, of course, not selling.  But, of course, I asked.

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  1. November 1, 2009 4:54 pm

    wonderful post!!

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