November 19, 2009

November 19, 2009 12:01 pm

JCP-w-Navajo-GirlStanding on the corner in Winslow, Arizona it dawns on me that our state tour of the Capitol Christmas Tree will be ending soon.  We will have traveled with Arizona’s Gift through virtually all corners of our state and everything in between.  I am proud of the notion that never before has a Capitol Christmas tree journeyed through the Sonoran desert.  It has been a captivating thing to witness – the striking colors and textures of our desert welcoming a massive 85-foot blue spruce from the White Mountains.

Perhaps on my most memorable parts of this trip has been taking the tree to the Hopi and Navajo Nation.  We were welcomed by our gracious neighbors and feted with local foods, gifts and blessings.  Elders throughout the day came up to giant trailer transporting the Capitol Christmas Tree 2009 and placed their hands on it with offerings of safe travels.  I have been humbled by their generous spirit and solemn understanding of how the tree represents our collective history and past.

From school children, families, dancers and tribal royalty to elected officials and law enforcement, all have been welcoming.  I love my Arizona even more when I am included in this rich culture of tribal lands.



United States Forest Service