“The third day had been a travel day visiting the castles of Hovenweep Anasazi dwellings not built in cliffs and seeing a Navajo trading post belonging to a friend of the Priests. By late afternoon, they had reached the San Juan River to swim and see amazing petroglyphs. That evening they made camp in Navajo land at Navajo National Monument to be ready for one group to ride to Keet Seel the next morning with Navajo horsemen on Navajo horses. The group who did not ride that next day hiked to the great ruin of Betatakin and planned to compare it to Keet Seel the next day when it would be their turn to ride.
“In the evening Navajo friends of the Priests made roast goat, fry bread, blue noodles, and dry, roasted green peppers, along with blue corn cakes. The Graland students and the Navajos had a game of horseshoes and enjoyed the feast. Then, the Navajos showed the students how to do a Navajo Squaw Dance. As night fell, the drum and the singing echoed in the canyons of juniper and pinion, and the students thought back over their introduction to Utah, Colorado, and Arizona Southwest, and what it meant. . . “
Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.