Walking in beauty

Tohatchi, Twin Lakes residents pitch in for Earth Day cleanup

By Shondiin Silversmith
Navajo Times

TOHATCHI, N.M., April 24, 2014

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(Times photos – Donovan Quintero)

TOP: Tohatchi Chapter secretary Rosie Deschine picks up trash along U.S. Highway 491 in Tohatchi.

BOTTOM: A car drives over a ditch littered with trash and old furniture along County Road 1 on Tuesday afternoon north of Mentmore, N.M.

In Navajo tradition, Diné people are told to "walk in beauty" and what better way to honor those traditions then cleaning up Mother Earth.

Community members from Tohatchi and Twin Lakes walked along their stretch of road on U.S. Highway 491 armed with black trash bags and gloves picking up trash for Earth Day.

"We're always stressing walk in beauty. Why stress it? Look at our land," Cecil Pinto said, from the Tohatchi Veterans Organization, as he pointed to trash along U.S. 491 just past Tohatchi High School.  "You'd be surprised how many beer bottles we've collected."

Tohatchi Veteran Organization Vice Commander Manuel Shirleson said they were picking up trash on Tuesday because, "We're always trying to help out the community."

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