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May 15- 21st, 2010: Chicago Waldorf School Journey
Hike to the top of Mount Taylor in northeastern New Mexico

            

Join us on a unique adventure as we hike to the top of the four sacred mountains of the Navajo.  These four sacred mountains – one in each of the four cardinal directions – serve as the boundary of the traditional land the Navajos lived on.  These mountains served as protection and all play a large role in the Navajos’ stories.

Each year we will hike one of the four mountains, starting this first year with Mount Taylor, to mountain to the south of Navajoland.  At a height of 11,300, Mount Taylor dominates the landscape for miles of northwestern New Mexico.  All of the mountains are on the Colorado plateau, so the base of these mountains start at around 7,000 feet. 

Mount Taylor is an extinct volcano (it last erupted ~2 million years ago and isn’t expected to erupt again).  From the summit, on a clear day you can see Arizona to the west and Colorado to the north.  Mount Taylor is part of the Cibola National Forest and has been kept relatively undeveloped.

The Navajos consider it to be a female mountain, symbolized by the color and stone turquoise.  In Navajo it is called Tsoodzil from the Navajo word for tongue, reminding us how powerful our words can be.  It is also known in Navajo as Dzil Naat’a, or Leadership Mountain.