Navajo Indians in Tuba City


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Navajo Indians under a ramada next to a hogan in Tuba City, Arizona, October 5, 1925.

A ramada is a temporary or permanent shelter equipped with a roof but no walls, or only partially enclosed.  Ramadas have traditionally been constructed with branches or bushes by Native Americans living in the region (deriving from the Spanish rama, meaning "branch").  The hogan, (partially seen on the right side of the photograph) is a  traditional dwelling and ceremonial structure of the Navajo Indians of Arizona and New Mexico. Early hogans were dome-shaped buildings with log, or occasionally stone, frameworks. Once framed, the structure was then covered with mud, dirt, or sometimes sod.

Several of the women on the left in the ramada are possibly weaving some fabric while the man, lying on the ground in front of the ramada, relaxes while the other women tend to the children.

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