Tied to the Post

When I began my undergraduate studies at Weber State College in the late 1970s, I, like many of my San Juan High School peers, had not carefully considered my future. Although I thought it might be interesting to be a white-shoe lawyer working in New York City, I had no understanding what it took...
As Bob Dylan once wrote, “The Times They are a Changin’.” And they are surely a changin’ ‘round Bluff. After an exceptionally hot and dry summer – which made us wonder whether there would be any water left to drink when fall arrived and caused some of us to question whether beer might be the only...
Last week, I was traveling through southern Colorado with its upside-down American flags and Trump Won banners waving in the breeze, when I suddenly got a hankerin’ for country music. I wasn’t looking for the modern stuff that sounds like Britney Spears or the Backstreet Boys with a sinus...
It was Wednesday, August 17, 1977, and I was parked at the jeweler’s bench located in the backroom of Blue Mountain Trading Post. Craig, Barry, and I had been trained to make and repair turquoise and silver jewelry, and I was actively engaged in the trade. My workspace had been fitted out with a...
In Navajo culture, there are numerous mythological tales involving individual reinvention, transformation, and rebirth. These missives often include references to Changing Woman, Changing Bear Maiden, the Hero Twins, and Coyote, to name a few. A reawakening of consciousness and understanding is...
Like Pearl, the canine Queen of the Post, I am a creature of habit. Every morning I wake at 6 a.m. when the radio clicks on, listen to the news summary on NPR, make the bed, and head downstairs to start the day. Lately, however, there has been no news, just static. I think something has gone...
Frances Vander Strappen, Twin Rock Cafe’s general manager, had a great idea: She believed that after the past year and a half dealing with COVID-19 issues, it was time for the greater Bluff community to come together once again. Our slice of Utah, and especially the northern Navajo Nation region...
Each day, through scorching heat and freezing rain, Pearl and I walk to work, and each evening we walk back home – no gas-guzzling commute for us. Pearl is a creature of habit, so we start every trip strolling past the Bluff Fort, by the old elementary school where I spent my youth, along 7th...
Some time ago I received a telephone call from a man who said he ran an arts and crafts business in the east and wished to learn more about Twin Rocks Trading Post. The gentleman wanted to know who we are, what we do, and what connection we have to local Indigenous tribes. As we talked, I...
As vaccinations have increased and the worldwide pandemic begins to recede, demand for ceremonial baskets has skyrocketed. Many Navajo people have informed us they recently scoured Window Rock, Gallup, Farmington, Shiprock, Teec Nos Pos, Cortez, and every other place they could think of looking...

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