Due to numerous requests, “Navajo Lake- Heart of the Dinetah” will be repeated on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 6 p.m. at the Navajo State Park Visitors Center Conference Room.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife Interpretive Ranger Janet Marie Clawson-Cano will discuss the ancient people who once lived in the Upper San Juan Basin and the area of Navajo Lake.
Dinetah is the traditional homeland of the Navajo and the traditional name for Navajo is “Dine.” Where today’s visitors race jet skis and anglers land trophy fish, an extraordinary people flourished before being forced out by warfare and raiding parties. Their early culture provides the spiritual basis for their descendants today. Dine healers visited many sacred sites there before they were submerged under Navajo Lake in the 1960s.
Clawson-Cano is a professional field archaeologist. The evening’s PowerPoint presentation will include photographs of rock art panels that no longer exist and Clawson-Cano will tell their stories.
Anyone interested in archaeology in the Navajo Lake area is welcome to attend. All events in the park are free with a Colorado State Parks pass — either a $7 day pass or a seasonal pass.
Call 883-2208 for more information or log on to the park’s website at www.parks.state.co.us/Parks/Navajo.