SENIORS TRAVEL TO THE NAVAJO NATION IN ARIZONA



Seniors Enjoy The Famed Window Rock

dscn0576Window Rock is a city (3,000+) in Apache County that serves as the seat of governmental capital of the Navajo Nation, the largest territory of a Sovereign Native American Nation in North America. Senior visitors will find the “Window Rock”, a “one of a kind” phenomena that the Navajo tribesmen relish.

This majestic circular rock formation that serves as a backdrop of the Navajo Nation capital is also home to a hand-carved superbly-detailed Navajo Code Talker statue and a memorial that pays tribute to Navajo veterans. In World War II,  the Navajo language was used as a secret code which was never broken by the enemy.

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The Navajo Nation is home to an array of unparalleled picture-perfect sites and it is also a natural magnet for the entertainment industry.

Many black and white western movies originated on the Navajo reservation and the filming continues today. A great place for senior travelers to begin their journey to the Navajo Nation is in Window Rock, which is nestled in the northeast portion of Arizona near the Arizona-New Mexico border.

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 Seniors Enjoy Navajo Culture

Window Rock has a Navajo cultural vibe. It is often described as the center of political activity, but it is also a great venue for educational, historical and cultural enrichment for folks of all ages.

Senior visitors who visit the World War II memorial to the Navajo veterans  learn about the significance of the Navajo language in U.S. history and how it is still spoken today.  The architectural design of the memorial is based upon traditional Navajo values that embodies a spirit of sacredness.

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Window Rock is the home of two great celebrations – the Annual Fourth of July PRCA Rodeo and the Navajo Nation Fair in September.

The Navajo Nation Fair is the “Largest American Indian Fair” in all of North America.  Both events offer senior visitors a great opportunity to see colorful Navajo dances, lively Navajo entertainers, savory Navajo cuisine and exquisite one of a kind Navajo crafts. The real draw is the beautifully-dressed Navajo elders in traditional Navajo attire and vintage jewelry.

 Seniors Awed By Scenic Wonders

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Until 1936, the Window Rock area was simply one of the scenic wonders of Navajoland, until the Commissioner of Indian Affairs at that time, John Collier, selected the site for the planned Navajo Center Agency. In 1936, the administrative buildings, quarried from the local sandstone, were completed.

Later, a Navajo Tribal Council House would be built in Window Rock.  In 1961, a Navajo Tribal Museum was established in a small building on the Window Rock Tribal Fairgrounds. In 1997, a $7 million dollar permanent home was built to store the treasured Navajo artifacts.

So set your GPS for Window Rock, enjoy the amazing scenery, fascinating history and naturally, the famed Window Rock as well.  -jeb

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