|Part of the ceremony the Navajo Nation put on for us. These are part of their
warrior society. They are wearing regular clothes and long red sashes. You can
see the man in the lower right putting one on. The tent on the far right (and in
the picture below) held the drum singers (I think that was what they were called).
|I thought this whole ceremony would be
Indian-Country-Tourist-Plastic-Arrowhead-Hoaky-As-Hell. But it wasn't. It
didn't take long to see these people took this a serious as a heart attack.
The ceremony started out with a woman singing the National Anthem - in
Navajo. Since Navajo, to my ears anyway, has a lot of short, choppy words it
was interesting to hear it all get fit in with the music.
As the purpose of the RUN FOR THE WALL is remember the POWs and MIAs
they had the mother of a Vietnam MIA speak to us. She spoke in Navajo and it
was interpreted for us when she was done, it was very moving.
|This is the Drum Singers up close. At the end of the ceremony a blanket was laid
on the ground between the warrior society and the tent with the Drum Singers.
The Drum Singers began a long song/chant (it may have been several different
songs though to my ears it sounded like the same theme throughout). One by
one the warrior society, and most everyone else (including the President of the
Navajo Nation) went past the blanket and dropped some money on it. A line
started, you can see it behind the Singers above and a much longer line (taken
later when I was in it) below. You could go down the line and shake hands with
everyone in it. If you felt like it you fell in at the end. A lot of the Navajo men
carried eagle feathers or wings which they would lightly tap you with.
The whole thing was rather nice.