It is the Navajo word for beautiful. Monument Valley is part of the large Navajo reservation, or Navajo Nation as it is now called. It encompasses more than 27,000 acres spread over Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. The Nation has its own government, law enforcement, courts, hospitals, schools, etc. Our guide explained that when Hollywood, TV and the Advertising folks want to film, they must meet with the Nation's leaders to review the project first. The monies charged are then spread about for the benefit of the Nation's children. School endowments, scholarships and the like. That was nice to hear.
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