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Current Residence: Northern Arizona
Favourite genre of music: Good
Favourite photographer: Adams
Favourite style of art: Paleoart...or nature photography.
Operating System: XP on the desktop, Vista on the laptop
MP3 player of choice: iPod nano - 2 gig.
Shell of choice: Hohokam etched shell pendants.
Wallpaper of choice: I use paint, not wallpaper.
Skin of choice: My own.
Favourite cartoon character: Captain Horag
Personal Quote: "F***ing chutes!"
Heard about this on NPR the other day, and when I got back online, I found this article:

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — On the Navajo Nation where tribal members sometimes hesitate to open up to outsiders, they embraced Tony Hillerman as an honest and genuine man who wanted to learn about their culture and get the details right.

Hillerman, who died Sunday of pulmonary failure at age 83, was author of the acclaimed Navajo Tribal Police mystery novels. His books in the Navajo series were characterized by vivid descriptions of Navajo rituals and of the vast reservation in the Four Corners region.

But Hillerman's relationship with the Navajo Nation stretched far beyond the pages of those books, which featured two of the unlikeliest of literary heroes _ Navajo police officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. He shed light on Navajo culture, his books becoming a bridge to the reservation for tribal members who moved elsewhere, and encouraged Navajo youth to ask elders about traditions and ceremonies.

"The people spilled their guts to him," said James Peshlakai, who is characterized as a Navajo shaman in one of Hillerman's books, "The Wailing Wind." "The elders, they told him stories about things their own children never asked about."

Hillerman returned the blessings he received from Navajos by donating money for a water delivery program at St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School in Thoreau, N.M., to the Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup, N.M., and to put up lights at a football stadium in Monument Valley, Utah.

Staff at the Thoreau mission, where a murder takes place in Hillerman's "Sacred Clowns," "have already been saying Mass for him and saying prayers," executive director Chris Halter said Monday.

Hillerman's daughter, Anne Hillerman, said the Navajo values of family, community, generosity and enjoying the beauty of the world, resonated with her father's own Catholic values. He felt blessed in his life and saw the needs of the Navajo Nation and responded, she said.

"He was a storyteller at heart, and so when people started buying his books and he didn't have to struggle so hard financially, he felt it was a good way to share the blessings," she said.

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  • Mood: Sadness
  • Listening to: Simple Kind of Man - Lynard Skynard
  • Reading: A Forest of Kings
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Trainz 2006
  • Eating: Pumpkin cookies
  • Drinking: Water

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eocjtlels Featured By Owner May 4, 2010
maybe you'd be interested in our group :icondesert-photographers:
bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Professional
YeeeeeeeeeeHaaaaaaaaaaaaw and a happy St. Patrick's Day to you too
djohn9 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice shots of the southwest. I can't wait for summer again.
bear48 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Professional
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Happy Thanksgiving

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Tensense Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
Amazing images you've taken. Makes me so want to go to the US.
TarryAGoat Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009   Photographer
bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009  Professional
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Happy St. Patrick's Day, God’s speed and many blessings dear friend

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D8v1d Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Professional
I just dropped by to check out your additions since last time. Nice work. And to say...

Happy New Year!



shi-baa Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Man, you take good pictures!!!!
TarryAGoat Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008   Photographer

How have you been? What have you been up to?
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