Fish and Fowl

The Stories of Trees

In search of a new identity.

IMG_1104.2 Abo, Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

Fourteen fragments of truth—puzzle pieces, potsherds:

1. Northwest from Albuquerque, beyond the box stores of exurbia, up through scrub desert where piñon and juniper grow, past sandstone mesas, Dust Bowl ruins and faded Trading Post signs, amid mile after mile of sagebrush, is the corner of the Navajo nation where New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado meet. Their borders touch at 90° angles—square dancers reaching a hand into the center of the dance.

If you’re not from one of the four states, you might not notice much difference between them; sagebrush all looks alike. You might regard the Four Corners as an oddity—its arbitrary lines are a thing to see, and so you have seen them. Bucket list item, check.

If you live in the Navajo nation, your experience of the Four Corners may include inconvenience, as you…

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