Together for Healthier Nations

For the Colorado walkers the 2016 Walking Together for Healthier Nations began at the Towaoc Visitor’s Center at the junction of HWY 160 and HWY 491. The flag carriers and walkers followed Southern Ute Royalty, Little Brave Dewayne Hendren and Little Miss Southern Ute Krystyn Weaver.
The Ute Mountain Ute Color Guard shake hands with Southern Ute Brave Dewayne Hendren.
The Ute Mountain Ute Color Guard raised the flags at the Towaoc Visitor’s Center and stand with Southern Ute Brave Dewayne Hendren and Little Miss Southern Ute Krystyn Weaver.
Southern Ute Shining Mountain Health & Wellness program assist walkers with registration prior to the start of the 18-mile walk to the Four Corners Monument.
Southern Ute Shining Mountain Health and Wellness Director apprentice (left), Deanna Frost and Ute Mountain Ute Diabetes Manager, Rita King get last minute details squared away before the walkers begin the 18-mile walk. Waylon Pahona (Hopi) is a motivational speaker from Tempe, AZ and represented by Tatanka Bar, a company from Pine River, SD – To "Be Tanka" means to LIVE LIFE POWERFULLY: In harmony with your spirit and with the earth. We created Tanka products to help you do just that.
The Southern Ute Shining Mountain Health and Wellness crew were on hand to lend support and provide their expertise during the 18-mile walk.
Flag carriers, Gordon Hammond (Ute Mountain Ute) and Dewitte Baker (Southern Ute) stand with Ute Mountain Ute Chairman Manuel Heart after the first rest stop.
Ute flags of the Southern and Ute mountain show the way along the 18-mile journey towards the Four Corners.
The foot crae station was a very popular relief for the walkers, aching feet were massaged, blisters popped and bandaged and walkers took the opportunity to sit for a bit before beginning the next leg of the walk.
The group from Aneth, Utah were all smiles and the first to arrive at the lunch stop at the junction of CR 41 and HWY 160.
MC for the walk, as with many other walks, Alfred Jim welcomes everyone to the lunch stop.
Foosball anyone? I life-sized foosball game was set up for participants to go head-to-head during the lunch break.
White Mesa elder, Stella Eyetoo said the prayer and gave the blessing during lunch as walkers from Utah and Colorado rested and ate lunch before heading to the Four Corners Monument.
Ute Mountain Ute Chairman Manuel Heart presented the family of the late George Werito, KNDN radio DJ, who has been a volunteer of the walk since it's beginning and many more community functions, as well as the voice of the Navajo radio station.
Mileage indicated for the opposite direction gives a slightly misleading indication of how far the walkers have already walked on their 18-mile walk to the Four Corners.
Freshly fueled from lunch the walkers from Colorado and Utah proceed past the Aneth junction toward the Four Corners.
With Shiprock in the distance, walkers begin the final leg of the 18 mile walk to the Four Corners Monument.
The Colorado and Utah walkers venture over the San Juan River on the last leg before entering the Four Corners Monument.
The walkers from Arizona had met the walkers from New Mexico and approached the Arizona border before entering the Four Corners Monument.
Thomas Nick from Shiprock awaited the walkers from Arizona and New Mexico at the Arizona border.
Arizona and New Mexico walkers finished their walk by walking around the Four Corners monument.
As part of the closing ceremonies, Taywauketa and Dauchanee, “The Martin Sisters” from Fruitland, NM sang traditional songs, and told a few jokes.
The Ute Mountain Ute tribe held a Bear Dance demonstration as part of the closing ceremonies of the at the Four Corners Monument..
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum

The 2016 Walking Together For Healthier Nations brought people from Four States together to raise awareness on the health of our people. Participants from the two Colorado tribes, the Ute Mountain and Southern Ute met the walkers from Aneth, Utah for lunch before meeting the walkers from New Mexico and Arizona at the Four Corners Monument.

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