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Window Rock Arizona
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Window Rock's major local landmark, the rock-with-hole-through-it (Navajo: tségháhoodzání) - rendered in English as "Window Rock" - is a place of unsurpassed beauty and power. The "Window" has an arch of about sixty feet. When you gaze up through the Window, your view is of the heavens. Whether you see rain or sunshine, the view is just as spectacular.
Until 1936, the area was sparsely populated and known only by its ceremonial name Niʼ A³níiʼgi ("Center of the World"), but this is the place that the Dine, or Navajo, people have made their home, even though historians tell us that they have arrived here within historical times and have their ancient roots much farther to the north. Today the city of Window Rock (Navajo: Tségháhoodzání) is the seat of government and capital of the Navajo Nation, the largest territory of a sovereign Native American nation in North America.
Window Rock is a place that can strike you as either barren or beautiful, depending on the time you take to understand it. I subscribe to the latter view, with the beauty coming not just from the scenery but from the culture and people. It is worth visiting, and respecting when you are interacting with it.
August 21st, 2013
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