Out There Hikes:
 Navajo Alternative Realities

This new hogan belongs to the Navajo Singer (Nav.: Hatathli = Medicine Man) 
who performed our Hogan Blessing in Cortez, Colorado.  It is located 
southwest of Red Mesa, Arizona on his clan's spread on the Navajo 

Navajo Alternative Realities
in the Carizzo Mountains
by Craig Watson
June, 1996

 More is occurring in the remote mountain and valley fastness stretched across the 25,000 square mile Navajo Reservation in northest Arizona than is normally recognized or talked about.  Some events are best left to oral dissemination and not meant for all ears or all eyes.  In less than a week of residing at 8500' with our Navajo weaving teacher at his family sheepcamp in the Carrizo Mts., we became aware of several issues of concern and lively discussion among the spiritually aware who live on the Navajo Reservation.


Roy Kady, our Navajo weaving teacher, told us that the Navajo deities had appeared in early May, 1996, over on Rocky Ridge not far from Big Mountain.  This is a particularly remote area accessed only by dirt roads northeast of Pinyon, Arizona.  Big Mountain is where the Sun Dances have been held recently, basically in the middle of nowhere, although a lot of this nowhere seems to be alive and well in the 4-Corners.

As Roy told us, an elderly woman takes care of her blind mother in Rocky Ridge.  On this particular day her blind mother asked her if the visitors had come yet.  The daughter knew of no expected visitors.  However, after the mother asked her daughter the fourth time, a strong but calming wind blew into the house.

The daughter moved out of the house to see 2 figures appear in front of her.  She knelt down in front of them, looking up the taller white figure first, then the second smaller turquoise being.  After that she kept her eyes on their feet.  They said, "We can no longer distinguish the Navajo from the other people.  The Navajo are no longer praying or performing their sacred ceremonies anymore and therefore we cannot help you."

The deities told the daughter, "Tell everyone to go back to the ancient ways of prayer and worship to avoid disaster.  Some will not believe you but you must tell them."  The only physical evidence of their presence were small moccasin prints left by the Turquoise deity.  The white deity was drifting just above the earth and leaft only dusty but larger impressions in the earth.

Could they have been the two main aspects of Changing Woman: the youthful White Shell (or White Bead) Woman and the mature great goddess, Changing Woman (Turquoise Woman)?  The deities told the woman, "We will return and take someone with us."

This message was spread by word of mouth gradually.  Our teacher, Roy, heard it a week later in his hometown of Teec Nos Pos, located in the northeasternmost corner of Arizona.  He travelled to the manifestation site and assisted on the Saturday following the visitation.  Little was in the press regarding this event, although the Farmington, NM newspaper did mention these supernatural phenomena in one article we read while at Teec Nos Pos in June.  Since then, we have read reference to this supernatural event in the Canyon Echo (Bluff, UT) and the Navajo Times (Window Rock, AZ).

As a consequence of the appearance of these 2 deities, the entire Navajo Nation declared an hour of prayer and unity on Thursday, June 20 1996 at 1:30 pm.  We were in our fifth day of weaving Navajo rugs at the sheepcamp when that hour approached.  Roy stopped his activity and sat cross legged in his cabin to face east at 1:30.

He turned on his radio and accompanied the Navajo speaker in chanting a 20+ minute prayer while making offerings of corn pollen from his great-grandfather's Navajo wedding basket.  Following this traditional Navajo spiritual ceremony, a Native American Church prayer followed, and then a Christian one, the three prayers taking about 70 minutes in all.  This prayer hour had been announced in all the newspapers and on the radios.  The Navajo Nation government employees were given the afternoon off work, and everyone else was urged to stop whatever they were doing and participate.

The entire 4-Corners is in the grips of a severe drought, the worst in memory as reported in local newspapers.  But the Navajo ceremony worked and rains came just after the end of that hour.  The skies darkened, clouds roiled above us, the winds shrieked and rain fell in spurts.  A heavy hailstorm raked the sheepcamp in slashes.  Gusts must have reached 50 mph.  This weather continued well into the night and the next morning when we packed up and departed, hustled down off that mountain by tailstorms.  The remains of a Mexican hurricane dumped rain on the 4-Corners after we left.

We have learned through an article in the June 27 issue of the Navajo Times newspaper that June 18 will henceforth be comemmorated as a  day of prayer for the Navajo Nation.  This date was chosen because it was that day in 1868 that the Navajo people were released from prison camp at Fort Sumner (Bosque Redondo), New Mexico to begin their 200-mile walk west to their ancestral homeland .  Four years earlier, during the Winter of 1864, the Navajos' infamous Long Walk to Fort Sumner from their traditional lands was imposed by the U.S. government and enforced by Kit Carson. This Long Walk and subsequent imprisonment caused many to die of disease and starvation when they were exposed to and unprotected from the Winter weather.


Roy has seen strange objects flying in the sky above the sheepcamp.  He said they usually appear in the same area of the sky midday when it is very clear.  Lately he has taken to viewing them through binoculars obtained for this purpose.  They appear disc-shaped.  Their flight characteristics are unlike anything else ever observed.  Once he observed 2 of them together.  He told me that one of my former weaving teachers had a close encounter with one near the ground as she was driving west with someone from Shiprock, NM to Teec Nos Pos 2 years ago.

In the Spring of 1994, cattle were found disemboweled up in the Carrizo Mts.  Their organs appeared to have been surgically removed and the carcasses were found scattered far apart.  Through word of mouth, the Navajo cattlemen determined that many of them had found some of their cattle like this.  This has happened once before, about 5 years ago.  We observed three such carcasses during our visit.  The hides and bones remained, along with some organic matter.

Similar findings were reported out of Oregon in the Spring of 1994 and on the earlier occasion.  I have not been able to independently verify that.  I was informed of these other happenings by a friend who said that in the Oregon cases, the cattle were missing an ear and eye in addition to certain organs.  The surgery had been performed cleanly.  While the incisions appeared to have the precision of laser cutting, no burned edges were observed which would have resulted from lasers.  I do recall reading about such events in the press or magazines some years ago.  The Navajos appear to take these events in stride and do not publicize them as far as I know.

If extraterrestial visitations are occurring in the Carrizo Mts. and others mountains nearby, I would not be surprised since it so remote and unpopulated in these areas.


I have no conclusions other than to say that the dividing line between normal concensus reality and alternative realities becomes blurred when one is so removed from "normal" stimuli.  One has the feeling that anything is possible in these remote tracts. 

Roy's Carrizo Mtns. sheep camp cabin with our tent set up on its north side
weathered severe storms during our week here.

Roy is showing Sally Jo how to weave her first Navajo loomed tapestry 
during our first visit to his sheep camp, June 1996.

Roy is showing me how to warp the Navajo loom for my first big rug.

Sally Jo is shown with Roy's dog Reno at one of the cow carcasses 
we found from which certain organs and body parts had been 
surgically removed!

Sally Jo is well into her first "Navajo Rug" by the 4th
day at Roy's sheep camp.  She has woven her
initials into the rug.

Roy and I are weaving in his cabin here.  Roy is weaving a Navajo sash
for his niece's high school graduation ceremony.


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