Dinétah is the Navajo equivalent of the Holy Land and it is here that the Navajo creation story is focused. The geography and names of places of Dinétah reflect its role in both the creation story and the clan migration legends. The Navajos appeared in the Dinétah (Largo/Gobernador) region sometime around A.D. 1300.
In the Largo / Gobernador region between A.D. 1694 and A.D. 1750 a series of unique sites were constructed. The sites are often perched on boulders, constructed at the edges of mesas, or built on easily defended canyon walls or in rock shelters. The standing walls, intact roofs, and spectacular settings make the sites important not only for their cultural history but also for their beauty and visual impact.
The majority of the sites are located on BLM Public Lands. Unfortunately, many are at risk due to vandalization, looting, and the energy industrialization of the surrounding landscape.
We document the sites using low elevation aerial perspective with video and still images. Using cutting edge technology we are creating a digital database, establishing a visual voice of history for future generations.
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