A new kind of famous

A new kind of famous

Vlogger shows viewers the beauty of the rez

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In September 2017, Natalie Franklin picked up her iPhone 7+ and hit “record.”

She had been watching travel vlogs on YouTube for awhile and was able to see beautiful places across the world. Thanks to these videos, the place at the top of her bucket list is Tokyo, Japan.

This got her thinking. “Bro, like, why can’t we do that?” Franklin questioned. “Why can’t we show the reservation like that?” So she decided to fill that gap and start documenting her travels across the Navajo Nation. She would travel the rez and go to all the cool places she’d never been before.

Franklin grew up in Cameron, Arizona, and wanted to showcase all the natural beauty she saw around her. “I was just, like, ‘Dang, these are super-beautiful places on the reservation that everyone else should see,’” Franklin said. “No one was doing it and I was, like, ‘Bro, I’m doing this.’”


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About The Author

Pauly Denetclaw

Pauly Denetclaw is Meadow People born for Towering House People. She was raised in Manuelito and Naschitti, New Mexico. She was the co-recipient of the Native American Journalist Association's 2016 Richard LaCourse Award for Investigative Reporting. Denetclaw is currently finishing her degree in multimedia journalism from the University of New Mexico - Main. Denetclaw covers a range of topics including genetic research, education, health, social justice issues and small businesses. She loves coffee, writing and being with her family. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Her handle is @pdineclah