“Hagoonee”, which could be translated as “alright then” or “until we meet again”, is the word Navajo people use to say goodbye. The Navajo are one of the native nations of the American continent. This ethnic and cultural group has a population of roughly 300,000, mostly living in the Southwest of the USA, between the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. Despite the repression and, let’s say it clear, genocide they have historically suffered at the hands of European settlers, nowadays they own a 65,000 square kilometer land reservation, one of the largest in their country.
Today, the Navajo people base their sources of income in a series of activities which include mining, agriculture, handcrafts and, above of all, managing the touristic attractions of their spectacular natural heriatage. The most famous of these landmarks is undoubtedly Monument Valley, a large area with several beautiful rock formations in the Arizona-Utah border. This place was immortalised by filmmaker John Ford in classic westerns such as “The Stagecoach” or “The Searchers”.
The following photographs were taken in different spots of the Navajo land last August.