Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Monument Valley, Rainbow Briddge National Monument and Shiprock are all within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation. Many movies have been filmed in Monument Valley including “Stagecoach,” “The Searchers,” “Easy Rider,” and “Forrest Gump.” Most people will be recognize the Mittens, famous rock formations. Many people became aware of the Navajo through the movie “Windtalkers” about two World War II Marines who were assigned to protect the Navajo men who used their ancient language as an unbreakable code.
The Navajo are known for their blankets, rugs and turquoise and silver jewelry. Handmade items can be found at roadside booths throughout the Nation and also in modern tourist shops on the more popular highways.
Navajo (or Indian) Fry Bread is a popular treat for residents of the southwest. The puffy fried bread is covered with either honey or powdered sugar or made into an “Indian Taco” with beans, meat, lettuce, tomatos, cheese and salsa.
At the Festival of the West in Scottsdale, Arizona, March 2013.
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