Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams

Wonderful Story made for young readers about a little black bear called Lump Lump, who isn’t quite ready to hibernate for the winter.

With the help of his mother, Blue Bird, and his forest friends, Lump Lump gathers materials for Spider Woman to weave him a Blanket of Dreams.

Drawn from Navajo tradition you will find many characters from the Navajo Creation Story including bear, fox, hawk, and bluebird.

From the publisher:

Have you ever resisted sleep because the world is just too exciting?

No child wants to go to bed after an active day but Lump Lump, the bear is looking for something worse, hibernation, just when life is getting started to get interesting.

Only the rumor of a mysterious ‘Blanket of Dreams’ can enticed him to journey into a place he initially resist in this Native American bedtime story about friendship, Navajo folklore, and the weaving of the blanket that brings everything together.

Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams was written with the idea that parents Will it read aloud and discuss it with their kids. All ages would be attracted to the eye popping color artwork and  Navajo weaving references throughout.

Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams encourages understanding and promotes cultural connections through a picture book bedtime story with the rare ability to interest adults and children alike.

Reviews

“There are numerous children’s picture book retellings of folk legends from around the world on the market today, and many for Native American stories — but Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams is an exceptional addition to the genre literature that deserves to be included in any picture book collections where Native American stories are a feature.”
-Donovan’s Shelf, Donovan’s Literary Services

“Numerous adaptations of folktales from other countries appear as children’s picture books yearly, but few are as compelling and highly recommended at Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams:  Inspired by Navajo Culture and Folklore.”  “…full-color illustrations are simply gorgeous, eye-popping productions that truly stand apart…” “…Not only did Navajo weaver Barbara Teller Ornelas contribute a blanket to the story line for illustration, but she served as a consultant for the story, helping to fine-tune its Navajo cultural insights.  Ms. Ornelas’ weavings are in the Smithsonian, the British Museum, and many other galleries.” “…evocative, soaring, image-filled language…”   “….will easily move beyond the category of ‘picture book folklore read-aloud’ and into the realm of Native American studies.”  

-Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

Read the”K-Gr. 3″  “Lump Lump,  a bear cub, is not keen on hibernation, until he hears Blue Bird’s song about “a blanket of dreams.”   “…There are many sweet, non insistent lessons gathered into this tale drawn from Navajo tradition…”  “Along with the life lessons it contains, this story has an incantatory rhythm that would lend itself beautifully as a wind down to sleep.”
-Booklist

Gwen Jackson’s Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams is available for purchase Here

Navajo Nation Outdoor Recreation

Navajo Nation Offers New Off-Season Outdoor Recreation

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WINDOW ROCK, AZ. – Towering chestnut rock formations…crisp cool skies and soothing temperatures.
It’s a calming ambiance of Navajo that gives most visitors a sense of peace and a haven of solace. And there is certainly no shortage of stunning attractions and unparalleled scenery here in the heart of the great Southwest.
This is where traditional Navajo culture and echoes of history come to life. In fact, Navajo cultural treasures abound, which mystifies many a traveler.
Navajo tourism studies have revealed that a majority of Navajoland visitors come to the Navajo Nation to see its scenery and often return for a second visit. Visitors can enjoy an array of Navajo tribal parks, national parks, museums, tribal fairs, year-round Navajo cultural events, rodeos, hunting and fishing.
To add to the showcase of Navajo adventures, visitors can now add walking, hiking and running to their list. Within the past several months, the Navajo Nation has been working diligently with various partners to develop new venues and activities for outdoor recreation enthusiasts who specifically enjoy hiking and running.
The Navajo Nation has some of the finest and stellar outdoor hiking and running trails in the world for people who have a love for the outdoors.
Feel the warmth and feel the welcome. Marvel and embrace the timeless beauty of the Navajo people and relaxing atmosphere of Mother Nature.
So take serenity to a whole new level and mark your calendar to participate in two new outdoor events on the northern outskirts of the Navajo Nation. On Saturday, October 29th there will be an event called the Natisaan Trail Ultra, which is a 50-mile marathon that will begin from Navajo Mountain Chapter House to Rainbow Bridge and back.
On Saturday, November 19th, there will be a Monument Valley Marathon at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. The half marathon and full marathon begins at 10 a.m.
On December 8-11th, also a first-time event, there will be a four-state marathon called the Four Corners Quad Keyah Marathon Challenge. On four separate days, runners will run in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado and end at Four Corners Monument. Thursday, December 8th will be Arizona, Friday is Utah, Saturday is Colorado and Sunday is New Mexico. For information about these hiking and running events, contact www.navajoyes.org
The Navajo Nation is also home to a new hiking and running trail called the Navajo Nation Museum Trail in Window Rock, Arizona. The trail begins from the Navajo Nation Museum and heads north and ends at the Window Rock Navajo Tribal Veterans Memorial Park.

Miss Navajo Nation Pageant

70th Annual Navajo Nation Fair
Miss Navajo Nation Pageant 2016

September 7-10, 2016

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Ronda Joe – Miss Navajo Nation 2016-17

Rock Point Chapter/Northern Agency
Of the Towering House Clan, born for Water Flow Together Clan

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Pageant Schedule

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
8:00 a.m. Sheep Butchering Competition
9:30 a.m. Bread Making Competition
Hazel Yazza Pavilion

Thursday, September 8, 2016
9:00 a.m. Contemporary Skills & Talent Competition
2:00 p.m. Traditional Skills & Talent Competition
WP Sports Center

Friday, September 9, 2016
9:00 a.m. Navajo Interview Panel Judging – Closed to Public

Saturday, September 10, 2016
8:00 a.m. Navajo Nation Parade
8:30 p.m. Coronation of Miss Navajo Nation 2016-2017
Cultural Night

Flyers by Scott Tom Courtesy of Navajo Nation Fair Office – Special Events Section.
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Miss Navajo Nation Pageant Contestants Photos

Navajo Fine Arts Show and Competition

Nizhoni Arts Market September 8 – 11, 2016

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Navajo Fine Arts Show and Competition

Fine Arts Competition
Wednesday, September 7,  1 pm

Art Market Hours:
Thursday, September 8, 9 am
Friday, September 9, am
Saturday, September 10, 9 am
Sunday, September 11, 9 am

Welcome to the Fine Arts and Crafts Show at the Navajo Nation Fair. The show Feature “World Class” Authentic Arts by Renowned and Up & Coming Navajo Artisans.

Entries Taken from:

Sunday, September 4th from 9am – 5pm and & Tuesday, September 6th from 8am till Noon at Gorman Hall

Gorman Hall will be closed on Monday, Labor Day

RULES & REGULATIONS

All work must be handmade by the artist within the period of September 2015 to September 2016. Art must relate to the artist’s tribal affiliation.

Eligibility & Tribal Verification
The Fine Arts Competition is Inter-Tribal. The artist is required to provide proof of enrollment by providing a copy of their Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB), Proof of Identification for senioreligibility.

Art Delivery
Each Artist Allowed to enter ONLY two items for Fine Arts Competition, The Navajo Nation Museum staff will not accept entries at the NNMNO entries will be accepted after 3:00pm on both days.

For more information contact: Clarenda Begay (928) 592-2813

Navajo Fine Arts Show and Competition

Navajo Nation Fair Fine Arts Show

Navajo Fair Arts Show

Navajo Nation Fair Baby Contest

September 5-7, 2016

Window Rock Sports Center

70th Annual NN Fair Baby Contest


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1st, 2nd and & 3rd place

1st Place Winners
Tyrann J. Kee – 1 – 6 months
Malakaih Money – 6.1 – 12 months
Eliza Benally – 12.1 – 24 months
Mya Faith Marez – 24.1 – 36 months
Shanoah Largo 36.1 – 48 months
Lariana R. Halwood 48.1 – 60 months

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Kitana Guy 1 – 6 months
Mindy Bahe 6.1 – 12
Lyle Holyan 12.1 – 24
Keegan L. Halwood 24.1 – 36 months
Kimara Hannaweeke 36.1 – 48 months
Kyla Bitsie 48.1 – 60

3rd Place Winners
Rylee R. Lee 1 – 6 months
Emily Dahozy 6.1 – 12
KeeLee C. Benally 12.1 – 24
Paisley A. Goodluck 24.1 – 36 months
Jacoby E. Roanhorse 36.1 – 48 months
Zooey A. Todachenie 48.1 – 60

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On-site entries will be taken on Monday, September 5, 2016 at the Window Rock Sports Center from 10 am to 2 pm. Limited to the first 15 entries in each categories. Entry Forms available at the Navajo Nation Fair Office
Must submit original required document at the time of registration:
1. Birth Certificate
2. Certification of Indian Blood(CIB)

CATEGORIES & SCHEDULED TIMES

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 5, 2016

10:00 AM Onsite Entries taken – Window Rock Sports Center

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 6, 2016

1:00 PM 1 – 6 MONTHS
2:00 PM 6.1 – 12 MONTHS
3:00 PM 12.1 – 24 MONTHS

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

10:00 AM 24,1 – 36 MONTHS
22:00 PM 36.1 – 48 MONTHS
2:00 PM 48.1 – 60 MONTHS
Baby Contest coordinator: Patricia Bitsue (928)871-6902

Flyers by Scott Tom Courtesy of Navajo Nation Fair Office – Special Events Section.

Navajo Nation Fair Baby Contest

Navajo Nation Fair Events 2016 (Full List)

Navajo Nation Fair Open Junior Rodeo

Monday, September 5, 2016 at 8:00 am

Navajo Nation Fair Open Junior Rodeo

Dean C. Jackson Memorial Arena, Window Rock, AZ

Open Junior Rodeo Coordinator
Kim Jones 505-491-0664

BUCKAROO  DIVISION • 3-6 YEAR OLD

WOOLEY RIDING
BARREL RACING
FLAG RACING
GOAT TAGGING
$10.00 PER EVENT

PEE WEE DIVISION • 7-11 YEAR OLD
BREAKAWAY ROPING
BARREL RACING
GOAT TYING
POLE BENDING
STEER RIDING
$15.00 PER EVENT

JUNIOR COED DIVISION • 11-14 YEAR OLD
BREAKAWAY ROPING
BARREL RACING
GOAT TYING
POLE BENDING
BULL RIDING
TEAM ROPING
$20.00 PER EVENT

SR. GIRLS DIVISION • 15-18 YEAR OLD
BREAKAWAY ROPING
BARREL RACING
GOAT TYING
POLE BENDING
TEAM ROPING
$25.00 PER EVENT

SR. BOYS DIVISION • 15-18 YEAR OLD
BAREBACK
SADDLE BRONC
BULL RIDING
TIE DOWN ROPING
TEAM ROPING
TEAM ROPING
CHUTE DOGGING
$25.00 PER EVENT

ONE TIME ADMIN FEE $15

 

Horticulture Home Arts & Science

Navajo Nation Fair 2016

September 5-11, 2016
Nakai Hall Navajo Nation Fairgrounds

Horticulture | Home Arts & Science

Monday through Thursday September 5th – 8th, 2016
Home Arts and Science entries taken 10 a.m.

Friday September 9th 2016
Judging of all entries 10 a.m. (Closed to Public)

Saturday September 10th 2016
Home Arts and Science Horticulture exhibits open to public 10 a.m.

Sunday September 11th 2016
Farmers Market Nakai Hall 10 a.m
Entries pickup 10 a.m.

Cash rewards to respective classes in categories:
Top Farmer/Gardener | Top Artisan | Best of show | Best Produce | Floral Arangements | Indian Corn | Fruits and Vegetables | Irrigation Farmers | Best Tasting Melon | Creative Display, and many more.

Horticulture home Arts and Science coordinator Judy R. Willeto 928-871-6071

Flyers by Scott Tom Courtesy of Navajo Nation Fair Office – Special Events Section.

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Navajo Nation Fair Events 2016 (Full List)

Central Navajo Fair Schedule

 Central Agency Navajo Fair and Rodeo

Chinle, Arizona

AUGUST 22 – 28, 2016 

“ENCOURAGING HEALTHY LIFESTYLE – HONORING OUR ATHLETES”

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Events include the parade, carnival, pageants, pow wow, song & dance, baby contest, vendor village, charity run, horse race, hip hop/country dances, metal show, rave & rodeo.

2016 CHINLE AGENCY FAIR SCHEDULE
**SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE**
TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2016
YOUTH DAY
TIME: 9:00 AM CHINLE COMMUNITY CENTER
2016 – 2017 BABY CONTEST
TIME: 11:00 AM Chinle Behavioral Health Services
2016 – 2017 LIL BRAVE & LIL MISS CENTRAL NAVAJO PAGEANT
TIME: 4:00 PM Chinle Apache County

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2016
2016 – 2017 MISS CENTRAL NAVAJO PRE-TEEN PAGEANT
TIME: 4:00 PM Chinle Apache County

THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2016
2016 – 2017 MISS CENTRAL NAVAJO TEEN PAGEANT
TIME: 8:00 AM Chinle Apache County
VENDOR VILLAGE OPEN
TIME: 5:00 PM Gorman’s Rodeo Grounds
FRAZIER CARNIVAL OPEN
TIME: 5:00 PM Gorman’s Rodeo Grounds
RUFF RIDERS BARREL RACING
TIME: 7:00 PM Gorman’s Rodeo Arena

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2016
2016 – 2017 MISS CENTRAL NAVAJO PAGEANT
TIME: 9:00 AM Chinle Behavioral Health Services
HEALTH FAIR
TIME: 9:00 AM Gorman’s Rodeo Grounds
VENDOR VILLAGE
TIME: 9:00 AM Gorman’s Rodeo Grounds
ELDERLY DAY
TIME: 10:00 AM Chinle Community Center
WOMEN’S RODEO
TIME: 11:00 AM Gorman’s Rodeo Arena
POWWOW/GOURD DANCING
TIME: 5:00 PM Opening Prayer/Gourd Dancing
TIME: 7:00 PM Pow-Wow Grand Entry
FRAZIER CARNIVAL
TIME: 4:00 PM Gorman’s Rodeo Grounds
CNRA RODEO
TIME: 7:00 PM Gorman’s Rodeo Arena

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2016
CENTRAL AGENCY FAIR PARADE (Line Up 6:00 AM)
Parade Begins 10:00 AM Chinle Flea Market
JUNIOR RODEO
TIME: 9:00 AM Gorman’s Rodeo Arena
VENDOR VILLAGE
TIME: 9:00 AM Gorman’s Rodeo Grounds
POWWOW/GOURD DANCING
TIME: 10:00 AM Pow-Wow Gourd Dancing
TIME: 1:00 PM Grand Entry
SONG & DANCE GRAND ENTRY
TIME: 1:00 PM Gorman’s Rodeo Grounds
POWWOW/GOURD DANCING
TIME: 6:00 PM Pow-Wow Gourd Dancing
TIME: 7:00 PM Grand Entry
2016 – 2017 MISS CENTRAL NAVAJO CORONATION
TIME: 6:00 PM Gorman’s Rodeo Arena
CNRA RODEO
TIME: 7:00 PM Gorman’s Rodeo Arena
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2016
FRAZIER CARNIVAL
TIME: 3:00 PM Gorman’s Rodeo Ground
SONG & DANCE
TIME: 9:00 AM Gorman’s Rodeo Ground
VENDOR VILLAGE
TIME: 9:00 AM Gorman’s Rodeo Ground
CNRA RODEO (Slack if necessary at 8:00 AM)
TIME: 1:00 PM Gorman’s Rodeo Arena

Schedule Courtesy of Central Agency  Fair Office

 Map to Location:

 

Miss Central Navajo Pageant

2016  MISS CENTRAL NAVAJO PAGEANT

Date: FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2016

Miss Central Navajo

Nicole Phillips, Miss Central Navajo; Violetta Dempsey, Miss Central Navajo Teen; Latrisha Honie, Miss Central Navajo Pre-Teen
Photo Courtesy of Miss Central Navajo pageant. 

CONTESTANT ELIGIBILITY
To qualify as a contestant for Miss Central Navajo, all applicants must:
– Be female.
– Be 18 to 23 years of age (must be 23 years old up to January 31, 2016).
– Be an enrolled member of the Navajo Tribe with a census number.
– Be bilingual in the Navajo and English language.
– Be knowledgeable of Navajo history, culture and tradition.
– Be attending a school or college on or near the Navajo reservation during her reign.
– Never married and no dependents (children).
– Have long hair.
– Submit a recent Physical Examination or Physicians statement for general/physical health statue. NOTE:
be no more than 30 days old upon receiving the Miss Central Navajo title/crown.
– Not be serving in any active military duty.
– Not be holding another title/crown. NOTE: If you are a current titleholder of another crown, a written
statement is needed from the event coordinator that you have relinquished the title and crown to your
next successor.
– Not be a previous Miss Central Navajo.
– Submit verification of enrollment if in school or college.
– Submit three (3) Letters of Recommendation. NOTE: Letters from family members and/or personal
friends will not be accepted.
– Submit two (2) 8 x 10 Color photographs in both modern and traditional attire.
– Submit a 500 word essay on the following subject, “Contributions I would make as Miss Central
Navajo 2016-2017”.
– Submit a non-refundable $75.00 registration fee payable to the Central Navajo Fair C/O Miss Central
Navajo Pageant Committee. (Money orders only)
– Reside in a community in the Central Navajo Agency

Central Navajo Fair Schedule and events:

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Miss Navajo Nation Pageant Contestants 2016

Contestant #1: Kaylee Begay – Chinle Chapter/Central Agency

My name is Kaylee Walker Begay. I am of the Zuni-Edgewater Clan, born for the Tangle People Clan. My maternal grandfather is of the Red Cheek People Clan and my paternal grandfather is the Red-Streaked People Clan. I am 23 years old originally from Canyon De Chelly, a place called “Cottonwood Canyon.”

Kaylee Begay

Contestant #2: Ronda Joe – Rock Point Chapter/Northern Agency
I am of the Towering House Clan, born for Water Flow Together Clan. My maternal grandfather is of the Within His Cover Clan and my paternal grandfathers are Red Streak Running Into Water Clan. My parents are Matilda Descheny and Ronnie Joe. I am 22 yrs old from Rock Point, AZ.

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Contestant #3: Deidra Wilson – Wheatfields Chapter/Central Agency
Greetings, my name is Deidra Wilson, my clans are Red Cheek People, born for Big Water. My maternal clan is Near the Water and my paternal clan is Towering House. I am 24 years young and from Wheatfields, AZ.

Deidra Wilson

Contestant #4: Alissa Copi – Breadsprings Chapter/Eastern Agency
I am Dibe’lzhini born for Tachii’nii. My maternal grandparents are Shash dine’e Tsi’naajinii and my paternal grandparents are Kiyaa’aanii. I am 23 years old and I come from Red Rock, New Mexico. My mother and father are Alfreda and Herman Copi.

Alissa Copi

Contestant #5: Shannon Gorman – Chinle Chapter/Central Agency
Shannon Gorman, 24 from Chinle is of the Towering House Clan, born for the Mud Clan. Her maternal grandparents are of the One who Walks Around Clan and her paternal grandparents are of the Zuni-Water’s Edge Clan. Her parents are Sharon and Walter Gorman.

Shannon Gorman

Contestant #6: Mariah Claw – Chinle Chapter/Central Agency
Mariah Nicole Claw, 23, belongs to the Big Water People and is born for the Bitter Water People. Her maternal grandfather belongs to the Black Sheep Clan and her paternal grandfather is of the Coyote Pass Clan. Mariah’s parents are Sharon Thompson Claw who is from Lukachukai, Arizona and Jimmy Claw. Jr. from Chinle, Arizona.

Mariah Claw

Contestant #7: Atheina Claw – Nazlini Chapter
My name is Atheina Danylle Claw. I am the Towering House Clan, born for the Bitter Water Clan. My maternal grandfather is the Mexican People Clan and my paternal grandfather is the Mountain People Clan. I am 24 years old. My parents are Dempsey and Anita Claw.

Atheina Claw

Contestant #8: Rodina Jordan – Oaksprings Chapter
Rodina N. Jordan is of the Salt Water Clan and born for the Salt Clan. Her maternal grandfathers are of the Folded Arms People Clan and her paternal grandfathers are of the Mud Clan. Rodina is the daughter of Marlene Jordan and Robert Nelson. She is 25 years old.

Rodina Jordan

Miss Navajo Nation Pageant Contestants 2016

Miss Navajo Pageant Events

70th Annual Navajo Nation Fair

Navajo Nation Fair Events 2016 (Full List)