Category Archives: Navajoland

Picturesque Navajo Hogan

Near Navajo Mountain, is a very picturesque hogan, a traditional abode and ceremonial venue for Navajos. This hogan is wonderfully sited near the bottom of an arid canyon. The surrounding landscape is much like I would imagine the moon to … Continue reading

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Experiences Building Shade Structures in the Navajo Nation and Uganda

In the Navajo Nation, we have constructed a variety of shade structures/car ports that are designed as rainwater harvesting structures, complete with water storage tanks. Because many Navajos don’t have piped water, these structures reduce the need to haul water … Continue reading

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More Playground Installations in the Navajo Nation

On Wednesday afternoon (2 Dec 2015), we headed south to the Navajo Reservation in an old white Jimmy that used to belong to my parents.  When dad died, mother contributed it to playground-installation cause.  On the way south we stopped … Continue reading

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Outdoor “Talking Circles” with Benches

At a Navajo grade school in Aneth UT, benches are arranged to provide “talking circles” for use in outdoor educational and social activities: The talking circles at the Aneth school were designed by a landscape architect with the U.S. Bureau … Continue reading

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Interesting Sites In the Northern Navajo Reservation

Over the weekend, my family and I visited two fun locations in the Navajo Nation. Just south of Montezuma Creek UT, near Gothic Mesa, is a site full of phantasmagorical geological formations, similar but more imaginative than those in Utah’s … Continue reading

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More Playground Equipment Installed in Navajoland

Last week (Nov 5 and 6), a friend, BYU volunteers, and I worked on several playground projects in the northern Navajo Nation. At a Christian preschool in Montezuma Creek, UT, we installed a combination swing-and-slide set.  The ladder section was … Continue reading

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Fun Times Installing Playground Equipment on the Navajo Nation

Last week (Oct 2015), we made a fun trip to the Navajo Nation.  On Wednesday, we worked with Emmanuel Mission School located near the Sweetwater Chapter House in arid northeastern Arizona.  The school (K-12) had asked for assistance in making … Continue reading

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