A Navaho Hogan sits on the grounds of a National Indian Community College and Land Grant Institution DinÃ© College in Tsaile, Arizona on September 11, 2008. A Hogan can be round, hexagonal, octagonal, or cone shaped with the door facing east to welcome the rising sun, or for good wealth and fortune and are made of wood and packed mud and earth. The Hogan is considered sacred to those who practice the Navajo religious way of life. The religious song 'The Blessingway'; describes the first Hogan as being built by coyote with help from beavers to be a house for First Man, First Woman, and Talking God. DinÃ© College established in 1968 serves the residents of the 26,000 square-mile Navajo Nation and is the first of 37 tribal colleges. USDA photo by Alice Welch.
May 18, 2014
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