‘Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum’, Warner, N.H. — Astounding, A Treasure, A Must Visit, A Credit To N.H.
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Attribution WILL be enforced.
Wow. I am kicking myself for not having gone before. A place that I have been meaning to visit for the last 15-years. Well, I am so, so glad that I finally made time to visit.
Exceeded all expectations. Blew me away. Not very prepossessing from the outside, but the inside is a veritable treasure of treasures. What a far-ranging, very well thought out, beautifully arranged collection. As some of you know, I am no stranger to ‘Native Indian’ people and culture and I have been to Indian museums (not to mention spend time in reservations) in Arizona and visited Plimoth Plantation a couple of years ago. I contend that this museum is far better than what they have at Plimoth.
Absolute credit to the founders and the current staff. They have done an astounding job. You have to visit. You will not be dissapointed.
I had no idea that the Indians did all this beautiful and intricate embroidery. I, given that most of my exposure is limited to the South West, was familiar with the weaving. Not delicate embroidery.
Yes, Indian museums make me SAD. To see what has been lost, what was surrendered, what was taken away.
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I am not sure whether this is a new exhibit or whether it never fully registered with me previously. We go to the ‘Museum of Science‘ at least thrice a year, and have done for years and years. So, not much I haven’t seen.
But, I saw this yesterday. I knew what it was as soon as I saw it. Reading the accompanying sign only confirmed what I knew.
Neat. But, I am not 100% happy with the depiction. They seemed to have it garbled. It was unlikely to have been a ruin, in such disrepair, when folks were still living there! So, don’t call it ‘the ruins’ and show people still climbing it with ladders.
Also doesn’t explain why it is called the ‘White House‘. Yes, you can just about see the white building at the back. They believe it was painted white to reflect heat.
Well I have a LOT of posts on this blog about this ‘White House‘.
So, if you are interested just do a search on ‘White House Canyon‘.
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Search on Google News for ‘vegetative state‘.
Yes, there are multiple horrendous issues that have to be worked out here. Key among them being that everybody was totally oblivious to her being pregnant UNTIL she started to give birth! Yes, they only realized she was pregnant when she went into labor. Think about that. 9-months in a vegetative state with nobody taking care of her pregnancy.
Yes, she was Native Indian from a local tribe.
Yes, she had been raped. Most likely repeatedly. You have to be very sick to do that.
She is 29-years old.
[I had originally heard, incorrectly, that she had been in a vegetative state for 27-years. No so.]
She has been in a vegetative state for 14-years. Had to do with a near-drowning when she was 15.
Why keep somebody alive, like this, for 14-years? That is not fair on anyone.
That is disturbing. We really should have guidelines and rules.
Maximum of say 5-years. This is crazy. This upsets me much on multiple planes.
Our Famous Navajo Friend Does V. Good In The ‘Miss Central Navajo Teen’ Pageant, In Chinle, Arizona.
She competes in this Teen Pageant every year.
This year she won 3rd runner up as well as being crowned
Miss Photogenic & Best Essay Winner.
She told us about the Pageant when we met her last month in Chinle. She was excited and was already working on her essay.
So, this is GREAT news. We are very pleased and happy and send our congratulations to her Dad, Daniel Draper, and, of course, the daughter.
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2015: Navajos permitted to sell on the pavement &
sell art featuring the local stone from the Canyon.
One of the paintings on stone shown above —
which we bought.
Notice the thickness of the stone.
Other example of paintings on stone.
They are getting pushed around. The Navajo Nation is not doing much to protect them. They do not have the skills, experience & the resources to take on the Park Service. Plus, they are petrified of harassment at the personal-level. Being barred from access to the Canyon — chief among them.
It is true that they are no longer being shot, made to undergo ‘Long Walks’ or have their children forcefully send to Christian boarding schools. But, nonetheless, the persecution is cruel and hurtful.
Between our visit in April 2015 and our recent trip at the end of July, THREE very specific attacks have take place.
- Navajos can no longer display their wares for sale to the tourists on the ground or on tables. Their displayed good have to be on a parked vehicle. So, if they have a truck they can use the tailgate. Many do NOT have trucks. So, they put towels on the hood and trunk of their cars and display their wares that way.
- Navajos can no longer sell any art featuring stone from the Canyon. They have to use purchased slate.
- The Park Service is threatening to stop them living in the National Monument part of the Canyon.
This persecution in inane and very distressing.
In the end this is THEIR land. What is left of all the land that used to be theirs by right.
Having them sell their art and jewelry from the ground or tables did NO harm. They did NOT get in the way. This is not the Grand Canyon or Yosemite. The car parks are rarely packed. Plus the Navajos provide a VALUABLE service — since you will never find or see a Park Ranger on the Rims. The Navajos acts as FREE guides and narrators.
As for the stone … What can you say. Yes, I agree that nobody should be allowed to chisel any new stone from the Canyon. But, there are tons of stone lying around. And here is where it gets crazy and very frustrating. There are NO such restrictions re. stone at ‘Monument Valley‘ and that is Navajo land too. Difference, NO Park Service.
They say they want to build a pavilion in which the Navajo can sell their wares. They have one of those at ‘Monument Valley’. It is EMPTY!
Yes, the same sisters in the ‘National Geographic’ ‘Canyon Song‘
video I posted yesterday.
Yes, the same two sisters that sang
the Navajo Morning prayer for us.
I this post, I explained in detail, how we met his father, a renowned Navajo guide and how we brought the two sisters for dinner with us. He asked them to regale us, after dinner, and they did so without demur. They are very self-poised and assured. My ‘Canyon Song‘ post includes the ‘National Geographic’ write-up of the family, including their names. The dad’s name is Daniel Draper and he is well known in Canyon de Chelly circles.
I am told that this ‘Facebook’ song is fairly well known among ‘kids’. What is unique is the hybrid version that THEY CREATED — Navajo and English.
It gets better. She had sung it at a talent competition at her school and one of her teacher’s had recorded it and put it on YouTube. That video is longer and of better quality. I ‘post’ it below.
National Geographic “Canyon Song” Video Featuring For Canyon de Chelly Friends, The ‘Draper’ Family.
The must-watch YouTube video.
This is the SAME two girls
— giving us a private audition after dinner.
Yes, of course they told us about this video over dinner. Of course, they are, deservedly, very proud about it.
So, that I would have a record I took pictures of it from their phone!
I actually have two more videos of these amazing sisters singing, for us, after dinner. I will get around to posting them soon.
In the meantime THOROUGHLY enjoy and absorb this video. You will get to really experience the lovely and haunting Canyon de Chelly — my favorite place in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD.
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Sorry, BUT I do know what I am talking about here, and some reflective, ‘educated’, older Navajos — who have travelled some — agree.
Yes, of course, there will be initial mayhem, BUT that is a necessary price for the long-term gain.
The prohibition is a JOKE. An absolute joke. Wherever you go around Chinle, AZ, the roadside is littered with bottles and cans that once contained alcohol. Some folks have to be making a fortune bootlegging the stuff to places like Chinle. I suspect it is those that maintain pressure on ‘Window Rock‘ not to lift the ban.
I find the ban INSULTING to the Navajo. You are treating them like kids.
Yes, alcoholism, drugs, obesity and diabetes are HUGE problems. With a few exceptions nearly every Navajo you meet around Canyon de Chelly looks like they have a health issue. They also age so quickly.
But, just next door, in Colorado, drugs have been legalized. And the poor Navajos are considered too irresponsible to trusted with alcohol.
Lets just take the added pain upfront and look forward to the inevitable sanity that will come down the road.
I am a lone and small voice — from far-away New Hampshire. But, we have to speak up.
A wrong is a wrong and this is wrong.
Free the Navajo. Give them choice.