Welcome to Arizona
Welcome to the Sunniest Place in America! The fact that Arizona is a state with a vibrant economy is a testament to the hardihood and perseverance of the people who settled there. Of course, an adventurous explorer like yourself came here to see things you never have before.
The Plains Indians
Sadly, our ability to trace the history of Arizona only goes back to the time when the first European pioneers went there. The Native Americans had their oral traditions, but even their traditions spoke of them as nomads who migrated to what we know as Arizona from somewhere else.
That being said there are over 20 Native American tribes who call Arizona home. For a peek into what life was like before settlers came why not visit the tribes?
Just be mindful and respectful, Native Americans generally want to preserve their way of life. They accept visitors, but they would react poorly if you try to disrupt them or disrespect their boundaries.
What if I’m Not American?
One of the rather unfortunate details of the USA is that there are very few countries that are granted visa-free status. What this means is that most foreigners must apply to get a USA Visa.
It’s hard to get a USA VISA for most people because the USA imposes strict requirements before it will allow someone to enter their country.
But I Want to See Real Life Apache!
I am I a huge fan of the Apache tribe. They were ferocious semi-nomads who terrorized the West. Their reputation is such that the US names the AH-64 attack helicopter after them.
Based on what I’ve seen on TV and what I have read about them, it seems that they have earned their reputation. Unfortunately, as with most Native Americans, the Apache are now few.
Many native sons and daughters opt to go into the city where they lose their rich culture and assimilate into the majority culture. If you want to see Apache, you will have to travel to the first nation reservations to see their lifestyle as it was hundreds of years past when the name “Apache” used to strike fear even unto the bravest cowboy.
The Beautiful Geography
The vast deserts of Arizona hide some of the most awe-inspiring geographies in this part of the world. Rock formations like the Grand Canyon spread out all the way to Arizona where its deep valleys were cut thanks to millions of years of erosion.
The Blue Mesa Petrified Forest national park is a good peek into the past, this was once a rich forest that has petrified. Had things been a little different the Blue Mesa Petrified Forest might be an oil field or a coal mine.
As I mentioned earlier most of us need a USA Visa. It is quite costly to go through the process of obtaining one, so it might be worth your time to get a USA ESTA first
Esta is an electronic system to confirm if the applicant is eligible for a visa. In other words, you check Esta before you apply for a Visa to make sure you are eligible to obtain one in the first place.
There is no point going through the hassle of applying for a USA Visa if, as it turns out you weren’t qualified anyway.
Now the laws related to Visas are complex and difficult to unwind. So much so that usually you would want a veteran lawyer to advise you of the process. But since you want to save money check USA Esta to see if you can even get the process going.
If I still haven’t sold you on the beauty of Arizona, I invite you to look at the monument valley. As I mentioned, I am enthralled by the culture and history of Native Americans. Nowhere is this more obvious than in Monument Valley.
Here is the location of the shooting for many of the old Western movies. There are quite a few tribes that still hold a presence here.
Like I said Native Americans preserved their history by oral tradition. So going to monument valley and listening to a shaman or holy man tell you the story of their tribe is probably the best way for you to learn about that particular Native American tribe.
Imagine that you are a young squaw or brave who is hearing the history of the tribe for the first time. You will be in for a treat because this is a first-hand account that the shaman painstakingly memorized