In this podcast we speak with Vera Marie Badertscher about the life and times of Quincy Tahoma, a 20th century Navajo artist. As we talk, we explore the Navajo nation and how visitors can see the influences and works of Tahoma as they travel in America’s Southwest.

To listen, hit play below or find episode 198 in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud:

Quincy Tahoma, Navajo Artist

Quincy Tahoma leaning against porch - Navajo Artist
Quincy Tahoma on the porch
This interview started with Vera’s new book on Quincy Tahoma, so it just made sense to talk about places we could visit to locate him, culturally and geographically in the south west.

Tuba City

North of Flagstaff Arizona lies Tuba City. You probably know it for the role it plays in the Route 66 song, but there’s a bit more to it than that. This historic town, settled in the 1800s, has a trading post and good museum. On Friday mornings there is a large swap-meet frequented by Navajo people … and some of them bring fantastic food.

Through the Painted Desert to Canyon Chelly

Canyon Chelly housed a rock township built into the cliffs. The old pueblo sits above the valley floor, where wild horses sometimes run. To enter, one must have Navajo guide, which can be arranged locally.

Canyon de Chelly - Quincy Tahoma
Canyon de Chelly

North east to Monument Valley

Quincy Tahoma, Navajo Artist - book
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Made famous by Western films, Monument Valley is an iconic part of the South west landscape, and something that features in Tahoma’s work.

Santa Fe

Finally, we come to Santa Fe with its restaurants and museums. A great finish to an exploration of the South west, and the life of Quincy Tahoma.

To learn more, listen by hitting play above or checking in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud, or check out the Tahoma blog.

Photos supplied.

Your thoughts on "Travel in the Navajo Nation podcast with Quincy Tahoma"

  • Thanks for the opportunity to talk about this very interesting corner of the United States. Many people are uncertain about traveling on the Navajo reservation,but it can be a very exciting and rewarding trip.

    on June 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm Reply
  • I've traveled through reservations but never really explored the areas--thanks for the info.

    on June 28, 2011 at 6:55 pm Reply
    • Hi Vera, other, thanks for your comments ... We really enjoyed the interview, and learned a lot. Look forward to visiting the region ourselves! Don't forget, always use human names when commenting on Indie Travel Podcast - thanks.

      on June 28, 2011 at 7:57 pm Reply

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