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Coming September 2 0 0 2!  (During Navajo Nation Fair)

Learn about a traditional hogan's structural system using "popsicle sticks"         
m e t h o d o l o g y = tectonic                                         

"The desert demands reaction.  It is an environment in which choices must be made with an understanding of the existing natural balance.  Humans must understand that balance, for their own survival and that of their surroundings.  Clues exist in the properties of nature: deposits of earth and stone, vegetation determined by light, or voids created by water.  Human built architecture should respond to that which is existing.  It will be ephemeral and should be alterable."

Lila V. Cohen

"We need to address cultural issues such as entry into the building so that we  proceed as though we are going through our traditional home, the hogan."

Edward T. Begay, Speaker, the Navajo Nation Council

"In general, the Navajos preferred polygonal or round shapes to rectangular shapes, which they associated with the Bureau of Indian Affairs Schools.  They emphatically stated that the buildings should not be connected because they wanted their children to experience nature, hot and cold, snow and sun.  Contact with nature is a most important educational element for the Navajo."

Designing Places For Learning 1995

"when a Navajo child is born the umbilical cord dries and detaches naturally and the family is obligated to put this special feature beneath the surface of mother earth within the boundaries of the four sacred mountains. This ritual ensures that all Navajo children are attached to the native land. Our perception is that we “belong” to our home"

rkbjr spring May 2, 2001 Quote read at the beginning of Senior Capstone presentation

“The center of the basket represents the existence of a child and the spiral extending outward from the center represents the learning environment provided at home and in the community.  The coils and stitches binding them together remind us that everything in the environment is connected and ensures the child is living in harmony and peace with family and nature.”

Karen Leuppe, Miss Navajo Nation 1994-95

S t u d i o N a v a j o (2002) is derived from Navajo Architecture: Concepts & Design (1999-2002)  
All Rights Reserved.  Copyright 2002 Richard K. Begay Jr.  email me at

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