The Navajo Nation extends into the states of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, covering over 27,000 square miles of unparalleled beauty. The Navajo Reservation is home to more than a dozen national monuments, tribal parks and historical sites, and is peppered with twelve lakes and ponds — Lake Powell alone has 186 miles of Navajoland shoreline.

Here, you can step back in time and see how the ancient ones — the Anasazi people — lived thousands of years ago. The Navajo Nation has an array of ancient ruins, including the world renown Navajo National Monument and the tranquil Chaco Culture National Historical Park. From the towering cliffs of Monument Valley to the sparkling glints of Wheatfields Lake in the Lukachukai Mountains, this is a land of great contrasts.

Embracing this diversity, Navajos relate to the land as their mother. The Navajo, or Diné, believe they're an extension of Mother Earth, and thus are also a part of her beauty. Because of this belief, the Diné treat the land with the utmost respect. Today, the Navajo Nation is striving to sustain a viable economy for an ever-increasing population that now surpasses 250,000. There is also a great focus on retaining and passing on the cultural legacy. Accordingly, the Navajo Nation offers a spectrum of cultural events throughout the year, including traditional song and dance contests and inter-tribal pow wows.

Even in the economy of the new millennium, the Navajo Nation is always working to secure the future of its cultural heritage. The key to creating this delicate balance involves the paramount use of the Navajo language, which is still exclusively spoken in Navajo prayers, songs and religious ceremonies.

Visitors from around the world are intrigued and mystified when they hear the Navajo language — so, too, were the enemy during World War II. Unknown to many, the Navajo language was used to create a secret code to baffle the Japanese. Navajo men were selected to create codes and serve on the front line to overcome and deceive those on other side of the battlefield. Today, these men are recognized as the famous Navajo Code Talkers, who exemplify the unequaled bravery and patriotism of the Navajo people.

Scarcely anything depicts American Indians more eloquently than their love for dancing, singing and rodeos. Among other celebrations, the Navajo Nation is home to the "Worlds Largest American Indian Fair" — the annual Navajo Nation Fair. To experience our cultural wonders and our land of pristine, unrivaled natural beauty, we invite you to come and explore the Navajo Nation.

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PROJECT SWITCH is made possible by partnerships with Lennar Corporation, Navajo Nation, Founders Academy, Sacred Power Corporation, US Dept. of Agriculture and Caitlin O'Brien.