Art Contest for Young Navajo Artists

Monument Valley Hot Air Balloon to Feature 

Art Contest for Young Navajo Artists

WINDOW ROCK, AZ –  Several talented young girls and boys on the Navajo Nation will be the recipient of $500 in mid-December.

Art Contest for Young Navajo Artists

Kindergarten through six grade students are encouraged to enter their artwork that will help celebrate the Third Annual Monument Valley Hot Air Balloon on January 11-13, 2013 at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.  The theme for the third annual event is “Soar and Explore Monument Valley Sky.”

Artsco – the owner of The View Hotel in Monument Valley – will award $500 for a poster contest winner, $500 for a grand prize winner, and $500 for another category called the Sponsor’s Choice.   Additionally, Artsco will also present $100 for first place; $50 for second place; and $25 for third place winners in each grade level – Kindergarten through 12th grade.

More than 60 students from throughout the Navajo Nation entered the Second Annual Hot Air Balloon event when it was held earlier this year.  Armanda Ortega, owner of Artsco, said due to its overwhelming success, they decided to sponsor another art contest in conjunction with the Third Annual Monument Valley Hot Air Balloon Event in January 2013.

Ortega said, “We are strongly encouraging students from throughout the Navajo Nation to enter their artwork to help promote the hot air balloon event at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.  We know there are many talented young Navajo youth.  We are honored to help support and promote Navajo youth because they are going to be our future leaders.”

Artwork can be sent to the attention of Lena Black at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, P.O. Box 360289, Monument Valley, Utah  84536 or can be delivered in person to the park office in Monument  Valley.  For additional information about entry forms, artwork guidelines or other questions, contact Ms. Black at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park at (435) 727-5870 or 5878 -Fax number  (435) 727-5875.  The deadline for entries is December 14, 2012.  Awards will be presented on December 19th at The View Hotel.

The art contest entry form and guidelines can also be obtained at

Contact: Roberta John
Senior Economic Development Specialist
Navajo Nation Parks & Recreation
(928) 871-6647

A Navajo tour of Monument Valley (Video)

by TheGuardian
“Monument Valley in Utah is one of the most iconic natural wonders of the world, its vast sandstone buttes familiar from countless Westerns, but few visitors explore its cultural life. Here Navajo guide Larry Holiday talks about life on the reservation and the challenges families face, as well as the beauty of the landscape”

Navajo Girl with Lamb in Monument Valley

Navajo Indians in Monument Valley. Monument Valley. North Window- tree on right.
By Joyce Betty.
Original format: Black and white polyester film negative
Original size: 4×5 inches
Date(s): 1950-1970


Monument Valley Tribal Park

Monument Valley (Navajo: Tsé Bii’ Ndzisgaii, meaning valley of the rocks) stretches across the state boundaries of northeast Arizona and southern Utah.

It is located on the border of southeastern Utah and northern Arizona, Monument Valley contains some of the most dramatic rock formations on the Colorado Plateau.

Hogans at Monument Valley Tribal Park

The valley’s earliest inhabitants include the Ice Age Paleo-Indian hunters (12,000-6,000 B.C.), Archaic hunter-gatherers (6,000 B.C.-A.D. 1), and Anasazi farmers (A.D. 1-1300).

In 1924 Harry Goulding established a post which is still in operation today, although under different management. During the 1950s Goulding encouraged the employment of Navajos in the uranium industry as well as in holding parts in the movie industry.

Monument Valley Tribal Park

Monument Valley Tribal Park

Monument Valley became known throughout the world when it was featured in such western film classics as John Ford’s Stagecoach, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, and Cheyenne Autumn.


The Navajo Nation just remodeled visitor center at one of the country’s most noted tribal parks.
Monument Valley Tribal Park, the destination of more than 250,000 visitors per year.

Monument Valley to hosts a balloon festival in  February free and open to the public.

“All the staff at Monument Valley, they are all Navajo,” Hongeva said. “All the tour guides are Navajo and all the vendors who sell food or jewelry, they are Navajo, and they are all individuals who live there locally.”

Tour guides take visitors through the park’s 17 miles of scenic roads, past some of the most acclaimed formations of the American Southwest.

A $14 million lodging, called The View Hotel, was constructed on the nearly 30,000-acre park, where several Navajo families still maintain grazing rights.

Getting there:
From Flagstaff, head east on Highway 40 to Highway 89 (Page, Grand Canyon Exit). Travel north on Highway 89 to Highway 160. Travel east on Highway 160 to Highway 163 (Kayenta exit). Travel north into Utah to Goulding’s Lodge then take Indian Route 40 southeast to the entrance to Monument Valley. The closest airport is Farmington, New Mexico. It is about two and a half hours east of the park.

Community Celebration at Monument Valley

Navajo Name: Tse’Bii’Ndzisgaii

Community Celebration

June 16, 2012

Entertainment by:
Joe Tohonnie Jr &
Apache Crowndancers
To’di .Neesh Zhee Singers
Davis Boys, Davis Mitchell &
much more…
Fashion Show by Native Stitch

“Walking together for tomorrow”
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Community Celebration at Monument Valley

Community Celebration at Monument Valley

Fun Walk/Run
Bike Ride & Games
Chili Cook Off
Horseback Trail Ride



only June 15, 2012
Equine Conditioning, Nutrition and Safety
Equine Dental Care
Update your hauling permits,
Navajo Nation Rangers on site.
Friday at 7:00am at Navajo Parks & Recreation
7:00 am – 10:00 am
Fun Walk, MVNTP to Welcome Center
Bike Ride, Valley to Welcome Center
Trail Ride, Monument Pass to Welcome Center
Other activities: Hourly raffle ticket drawings,
Softball tournament MVHS

Herman Daniels Jr., MC
10:00 am Posting Colors by Kayenta Brownies Group – Adrienne John
10:10 am Invocation – Herb Yazhe, Park Manager
Chili Cook Off – Contestant Registration – {NNSpecial Diabetes Tent}
Games – {NPRD Tent}
10:15 am Welcome address by Martin L. Begay, NPRD Manager
10:30 am Miss Western Navajo, Ann Marie Salt
10:45 am Cultural Entertainment by MVHS
11:00 am Motivation Speaker – Mr. Fray Gray, Dine College Archery Team
11:30 am Address and Award Ceremony by Congressman Jim Matheson & Bruce Adam, County Commissioner
11:45 am Davis Mitchell, Navajo Traditional Songs
Horseback Riders arrival – Lorenzo Begay
Food blessing and Luncheon – Catered by Peshlakai Family
12:15pm Davis Boys, Navajo Traditional Songs
12:45pm Todineeshzhee Singers
1:15pm Joe Tohonnie Jr & Apache Crown Dancers
1:45pm Davis Mitchell
2:00pm Chili Cook Off Awards – {NNSpecial Diabetes Tent}
2:15pm Reconition of Honorees – Seniors & Veterans
Watermelon feast
2:45pm Todineeshzhee Singers
3:15pm Joe Tohonnie Jr & Apache Crown Dancers
3:45pm Davis Boys
4:15pm Fashion Show
5:15pm Open mic
5:30-9pm Latigo – Country Band
9:30 pm * Fireworks, sponsored by Goulding’s *