ROCK, AZ - Dianne Livingston was 15 when she participated in the
Long Walk reenactment in the summer of 1968.
now 56 and living in Church Rock, N.M., was one of the many re-enactors
who attended a reunion Saturday at the Window Rock Sports Complex
during the Treaty Days Celebration.
300 Navajos from throughout the reservation participated as re-enactors,
camp crew, horse wranglers, cooking crew and security staff.
June 29, 1968, the group re-enacted the signing of the 1868 Treaty
of Peace at Fort Sumner, N.M., then participated in parades in Fort
Sumner, Santa Rosa, Albuquerque, Grants, Gallup and Window Rock
over the following week.
remembers marching in those parades and riding the bus from Window
Rock to Fort Sumner.
was a good experience, learning about Navajo history," she
the older participants were Morris Denetdale of Fort Defiance; Tulley
Mitchell of St. Michaels, Ariz.; Sonny Tsinniginnie of Tonalea,
Ariz.; and Yanabah Winker of Ganado, Ariz.
were black and white photos displayed on one side of the sports
center, which offered the opportunity for family members to see
portraits of their relatives, some for the first time.
LaViena Rajan, 33, of North Brunswick, N.J., seeing photographs
of her great-grandfather Holtsoi Yazzie and her uncle Jay Sherman,
both of Twin Lakes, N.M., was a first. Both died before Rajan was
never met my great-grandfather and my uncle so it was nice to see
their photo," she said.
Bitsui knew his father, Benson Bitsui, was 12 when he participated
in the enactment along with five other family members, but Dakota
had never seen a picture of his father as a child growing up in
didn't think it was that big of a deal but it's impressive,"
Dakota said as he looked around at the crowd.
now 54, said he joined the reenactment because of the $75 each person
was paid at the end of the event.
main reason I went was to buy a bike," Benson said. "By
the time I came back, I had to buy clothes for school."