Category Archives: Navajoland

Annabelle Crank: Navajo Rug Weaver Extraordinaire

I first met Annabelle Crank several years ago while working with colleagues to bring indoor water and power to her very isolated home on the southern slopes of Navajo Mountain.  To get to her place you have to make several … Continue reading

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Gilmore Scott, Contemporary Navajo Artist

Gilmore Scott distinguishes himself from other artists by his bold application of bright contemporary colors, “I’m not shy with my use of colors,” admitted Scott, a member of the Navajo Nation.  “I like to use bright oranges and blues that … Continue reading

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More Playground Equipment for the Northern Navajo Nation

This Fall (2014), swing sets and other playground equipment were installed in the northern and eastern Navajo Nation.  The first installation was accomplished by volunteers from the BYU Global Engineering Outreach Club.  They added a 2-seat swing set and a … Continue reading

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Promoting Science and Technology in the Navajo Nation

Michael Flynn, a scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Laboratory in Moffett Field CA, was recently in Utah to discuss an ongoing research project with the Bureau of Reclamation’s staff.  While here, he took the opportunity to discuss water conservation and … Continue reading

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An Expanding Playground in Navajoland

Several years ago, employees from the Bureau of Reclamation, using surplus supplies, constructed a small two-seat swing set for the residents of Westwater, a small Navajo community located adjacent to Blanding UT.  Soon after that, the GEO Club (student volunteers … Continue reading

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I Found a Better Swing Seat

Trying to find a good swing seat, that can be locally made, for the swing sets my colleagues and I install in developing countries has not been easy.  First, we tried bringing plastic seats from the USA with us.  Not … Continue reading

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Adding Lights to Swing Sets: A Beta Test

Several of the areas where we work are near the equator:  Uganda, Ethiopia, Cambodia, and Ecuador.  That means that their 24-hour days are evenly split year-around between daytime and nighttime.  Since it starts to get dark around 6 pm, we’ve … Continue reading

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