Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wednesday Window....Grand Canyon Watchtower

The Desert View Watchtower, also known as the Indian Watchtower at Desert View is 70 feet high and was designed to resemble an ancient Pueblo People's Watchtower. When I took this picture of the window high up at the top of the structure, I didn't know I had captured the image of these two beautiful Dine' or Navajo women looking out at the Canyon. I was pleasantly surprised.


Sharon said...

How lucky to catch those people looking out the window. I'm waiting to see if you climbed the tower for the view.

Lowell said...

It's a beautiful tower! And your photos are that blue sky. How fun to find out you got a special surprise!

In my senior year at Arizona State, I took a course called "Contemporary Indian Affairs" taught by a man who had lived on the Navajo reservation for some 20 years and married the daughter of a Medicine Man. I loved that course, but don't remember the name of the professor or much about it, except for one statistic: the U.S. Government made over 150 treaties with the various Indian tribes and did NOT keep one of them! :(

Randy said...

There are nice views up there.

Kate said...

Lowell is correct regarding the treaties and more citizens should know about them, esp since the Indian warriors had more soldiers from any ethnic group who served in the different branches of government in our country. I don't know if it's just WWII or other wars as well. I just read an article about the Native American attempt to have their own monument in D.C. I'll have to look that up again. Well, I went pretty far afield from your photo, didn't I

Kate said...

Back again, Judy. Here's an excerpt from the article (Albuquerque newspaper) I read:

Before World War II and in the decades since, tens of thousands of American Indians have enlisted in the Armed Forces to serve their country at a rate much greater than any other ethnicity.

Yet, among all the monuments and statues along the National Mall in Washington, D.C., not one stands in recognition.