NAVAJO NATION PARADES
As an extension of most fairs on the Navajo Nation, the parade remains the largest of gatherings within the reservation. As a child, I recall waking up before the sun, getting ready, and jumping in the pick-up truck with blankets, pillows, snacks, and a jacket. My family and I would arrive on Highway 264 as I could hear my parents discuss where to park or what to do. Each year would bring its own excitement; and yet, each year would bring the same thing: candy, floats, and a lot of waiting. This "tradition" was to be expected and soon found myself disenchanted by the whole idea.
In 2018, I accepted an opportunity with the Navajo Nation and returned home. I became immersed and eventually responsible for community initiatives within the tribal government; such as a commemorative float for the 51st Western Navajo Fair. Now, I find myself reevaluating the significance and possibilities of the reality and fantasy inherent to community. Thus, the series of images document the visual representation of parades as exhibition/procession informed by cultural symbolism, politics, and placemaking. As simple a parade may be, I view the concept as collaborative, visual storytelling informed by theme, region, and history within the reservation.
Highlights include the Office of the President and Vice President (Nez-Lizer Administration), Navajo Nation Band, and Miss Navajo Nation.