Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Navajo Account of American Conquest

Photo by George Huey

I saw this account of the American war against the Navajo in Canyon de Muertos. Named for the massacre and defeat of the Navajo in this part of Canyon de Chelly, their sacred homeland.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Postcard from Canyon de Chelly

Photo by Russ Finley

I find myself wanting to travel again now that spring is arriving. Canyon de Chelly on the Navajo Reservation is one of my favorite places. Standing on the rim and looking down, the Canyon called me to explore it on horseback and on foot during my first visit to Chinle. Here's an edited poem inspired by the visit.....
Blue Horse Sequence
Coral-colored rocks.
Chalk-white sands, The
infinite blue sky rising from
distant black mesas.
I glimpse a mirage,
A blue shimmer,a dazzle or
a wild wandering spirit....The blue horse.
The Blue Horse
speaks a secret tongue, wanders in Beauty
outside time, before, beyond
Blue horses merge in blue winds.
They raise their heads against
Chinle’s frozen winter stars.
I ride the Blue Horse Spirit. We,
kindred spirits in transformation,
Beauty behind us. Beauty in front.
Surrender to Beauty.
In Beauty
It is done.

Friday, March 5, 2010

The Bananaleaf Series

Painting: BLS: Wild Horses--gouache by Mitzi Linn

A painting for all my sisters. Celebrating the spiritual nature of women for International Women's Day. Sisterhood is powerful. Let's honor our beautiful feminine planet and her creations.