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Finding love at the song-and-dance

Finding love at the song-and-dance
Special to the Times Ravonelle Yazzie Harry J. Woody and Ellouise Yazzie dance arm-in-arm at the Elder Fest song & dance in Chinle, Ariz. during the Central Navajo Fair.

Special to the Times Ravonelle Yazzie
Harry J. Woody and Ellouise Yazzie dance arm-in-arm at the Elder Fest song & dance in Chinle, Ariz. during the Central Navajo Fair.

CHINLE

Harry J. Woody was a morose widower whose brother started dragging him to the song-and-dance to get him out of the house.

Ellouise Yazzie had been single for 40 years, after her first husband died young and her second marriage ended in divorce. To pass the time, she started going to song-and-dance events with her little granddaughter, who is now grown with children of her own.

At a song-and-dance in Tuba City this past Valentine’s Day, Harry caught Ellouise’s eye. There was something familiar about that even smile, those thick, nicely shaped eyebrows … could it really be her old classmate from Intermountain Inter-Tribal School?


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About The Author

Cindy Yurth

Cindy Yurth was the Tséyi' Bureau reporter, covering the Central Agency of the Navajo Nation, until her retirement on May 31, 2021. Her other beats included agriculture and Arizona state politics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University with a cognate in geology. She has been in the news business since 1980 and with the Navajo Times since 2005, and is the author of “Exploring the Navajo Nation Chapter by Chapter.”

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