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Harold Simpson, top, a full-blooded Navajo tour guide, walks through the stark landscape of Monument Valley on the Utah-Arizona border. Simpson stands in the middle of a controversy between tourism and preserving the land. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Monument Valley tourism spurs conflict

Remote Monument Valley pits Navajo elders concerned with preserving area’s spiritual significance against burgeoning tourism development

Taos Pueblo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Courtesy of Lenny Foster/Taos Pueblo)

Taos is so close and yet so far from the ordinary

Feasting at the country’s oldest pueblo, trekking mountains with a llama along to lug the heavy stuff, hiking in 242,500 acres of natural wilderness, and then kayaking the Rio Grande?

The stone ruins of a 500-year-old Indian village highlight a visit to Jemez Historic Site. (Courtesy of Richard Hasbrouck)

History on the spot

New Mexico’s diverse history, reflected in ancient Native American kivas, Spanish Colonial churches and 19th-century military forts, is preserved and protected through the New Mexico Historic Site system.

"Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning" at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture includes this Zuni frog. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

Turquoise dreams

Gem of the water and the sky, turquoise bedecks babies, bodies and buildings from Cerrillos to China.

White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers from north central Arizona perform outside the Pit on Saturday. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

Native pride

Gathering of Nations draws hundreds of tribes

A woman heads toward the exterior ladder of a house on the Acoma Pueblo. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

Acoma people fold old traditions into present

ACOMA — A dark-haired woman wearing jeans and a striped shirt climbs a ladder to enter her adobe home on this small Native American pueblo, carrying a bag of food from McDonald’s.

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