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What is a Hallmark?

Hallmarks identify the jewelry maker. Many times they are just simple letter stamps. They are not something new, but can be traced back to the 4th Century. Famous American metal smiths used them before we became a country. Paul Revere who warned the Colonial militia “the British are coming” during the American Revolution used a hallmark on his handmade silver pieces in the 1700s.>

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Kinaaldá Navajo Coming of Age Ceremony

Saturday, December 5, 2015 10:14 AM

Kinaaldá Navajo Coming of Age Ceremony

“The ceremony was started so women would be able to have children and the human race would be able to multiply.” (Frisbie:1967)

It was late November when my friends and I set out for a Kinaaldá, Navajo coming of age ceremony for girls. We drove in the dark over rutted dirt roads high in the Chuska range and arrived at the family’s Sawmill home near midnight. After parking our car under some tall pines we walked towards the gathering. The sacred corn cake (alkaan) cooked in a large, circular pit east of the hogan and a fragrant fire of pinon and juniper burned nearby. Small groups of darkly clad Navajo stood quietly, illuminated by the light of the fire.

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How to Build a Pueblo Bread Oven

Saturday, October 24, 2015 10:16 AM

How to Build a Pueblo Bread Oven

How to Build a Pueblo Bread Oven

First, you are going to want to learn how to make adobe mud. This is going to be a dirt, clay, straw and water mixture. The important thing here is you want a consistency you can work with. Once you have the mud you are going to need some type of mold to shape the bricks. A wooden brick mold is a popular choice in this area.

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Navajo Taco Recipe

Thursday, September 17, 2015 10:19 AM

Navajo Taco Recipe

Navajo Taco Recipe

Now that we have shared the recipe for delicious Navajo Fry Bread, it is time to make the most famous Navajo dish of all. You will find the Navajo Taco served in local restaurants, sold on the sides of highways here in the Four Corners and a favorite at area carnivals and fairs. Follow this easy Navajo Taco Recipe for dinner tonight.

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How to Build a Navajo Hogan

Monday, August 31, 2015 10:25 AM

How to Build a Navajo Hogan

How to Build a Navajo Hogan

Have you been thinking about getting back to nature? Maybe adding a tree house to your yard? Well, you might want to consider a Navajo hogan. It is just going to take some manual labor, a vision and an admiration of a style of dwelling that has housed inhabitants of the Four Corners for centuries. Follow our easy "How to Build a Navajo Hogan" instructions.

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Navajo Fry Bread Recipe

Friday, August 28, 2015 10:29 AM

Navajo Fry Bread Recipe

Navajo Fry Bread Recipe

You can't go far in the Four Corners without finding some Navajo fry bread for sale. This legendary Native American bread is found at fairs, rodeos, ceremonials, pageants, graduations and any other reason to celebrate. It can be eaten alone, with honey or as a full meal when served as the Navajo Taco. Below you will find the Navajo Fry Bread Recipe.

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