Just a little about us.
We are of the Navajo people, in our language we call ourselves “Diné”, there may be some variations on how it may be spelled, but it means, “The People”. The Diné people are a part of the Athabaskan that currently reside as far as the very north of North America then eventually fades away into Northern Mexico. To this day there are more than 300,000 Navajo recorded by the Navajo Nation.
Navajo family history has been carried down by word of mouth for generations, most of it may have been changed or exaggerated, but most of the important parts remained. The most recent history of our people being recorded accurately was around the 1920’s, with the advent of film and still photography. During that time many families gradually became a part of the more modern society. Some went to work off the Navajo reservation, some joined the US military, many attended schools. Our family was no exception, we lived off the reservation working labor jobs until the jobs were completed, while the young attended public schools.
Our company was founded in 2010. Many tour companies operate in Monument Valley, and many have their own style of tours. But we have stayed with a format and originality of our founder’s uncle Stanley Blackwater. Stanley has been a tour guide most of his life in Monument Valley, taking his tours to many to points of interest.
Our tour vehicles are designed to withstand the rigors of the unpaved and sandy conditions of the valley, they take our guests to areas of interest safely and comfortably.
We are the direct descendants of the Northern Navajo leader Hoskininnie Begay who was a Northern Navajo Chief in the mid to late 1800’s. In 1856 he led a resistance against the U.S. government to keep the Navajo from being removed from what is now the northern Navajo Nation, later he also fought to protect to preserve the lands that were important and spiritual to the Navajo.
Willie and Happy Cly, great grandparents, were residents of Monument Valley all of their lives. They were the few who witnessed the birth of tourism to the region, and were recorded by film makers, some early tourist, and the first traders that came to Monument Valley.
Our family would like to welcome you to Monument Valley as our family has done for generations. We too have the knack for preservation and tourism as both grandparents did, and try to juggle both in this modern world. We like to hear your stories and insight from your part of the world, and we too like to share a part of ours.
of would like to extend our welcome to you. We pride ourselves to doing the best we can with what we can do to have you experience Monument Valley. Our family has experienced the many changes in and around Monument Valley over the past half century.
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