During my second trip to be with the Navajo veterans, they took me to one of their most esteemed locations: the veterans cemetery where the U.S. Marine Corps World War II veterans known as "Code Talkers" are buried.
When we arrived at the gates of this national park, I not only found familiar movie settings, but a world that has been home to America's indigenous people for innumerable generations. To this day, Monument Valley is managed by members of the Navajo tribe.
Navajo is now an endangered language, but the fate of other Indian languages is even more imperiled. It is a race against the clock. Otherwise the linguistic DNA of an entire people will be lost forever.
Water and environmental sustainability go hand-in-hand, so I thought I'd use today to (a) celebrate some of the amazing progress we've made in providing clean water to Earthlings and (b) to highlight some of the most pressing work left to do!
If every action has an equal reaction, then I wonder what poisoning our Mother Earth will bring us? The stark beauty of the high desert in Monument Valley, reminds us how fragile life is. Man can so easily disturb the balance of nature with fatal effects for all.
A professional pundit was fired because he wrote an opinion piece that was factually inaccurate. Is that even a thing? "Journalists" can get fired for saying things which are false (things that five minutes of fact-checking would have proven laughably wrong), and for other stupid comments?
It's no coincidence that "native" is now becoming a trigger word in fashion and style. As modern life accelerates into a future that gets more virtual with every passing year, consumers are increasingly experiencing a sense of rootlessness.
Elizabeth Little traveled thousands of miles, chronicling her encounters with Navajo, Quileute, French, Gullah, Basque, Haitian Creole, and Spanish people. In this interview, she offers tips for other language road-trippers.