Visiting the Mission
Each year, a limited number of people may visit the mission. The 5-acre campus includes school classroom buildings, an office building, a school kitchen and dining room, garage building, apartment buildings, a dental and medical building, school playground, and a church building. Since the Mission incurs additional expenses for utilities, custodial services and staff time, a fee of 20 dollars per person is requested of those visiting the Mission. If you or your church group are interested in visiting the Mission, please fill out the application form, or email Mission.email@example.com. Please remember, we are a "Working Mission". We are not a summer camp. We encourage our friends to visit us, but request that they do so in accordance with our needs, and what is best for the community. The Mission is open Monday to Friday 9 AM - 5 PM. All visitors should be scheduled to arrive during our times of operation. Arrivals on Saturday and Sunday must be coordinated through the Mission Manager and will require additional staff time and incur a minor added expense.
Culture and Photographs
The people commonly called Navajo refer to themselves as "the Diné". The Diné people are rather modest in dress, so please do not bring clothing that is particularly tight fitting or revealing.
Although you may come to feel very close to the people you meet here, please keep in mind that the Diné people typically allow more physical space during conversations and tend to hug only members of their immediate families. Do not be offended if a Navajo person does not look you in the eye, as sustained eye contact can be seen as rude in Navajo culture. When you are uncertain as to what is most appropriate, simply ask.
Although children at the school are fairly familiar with being photographed, adults sometimes prefer not to have their picture taken. It is best to request permission before taking a photograph. If they seem reluctant, please accept that as a no.
Similarly, when traveling near the homes of the Diné, please be sensitive to the fact that their hogans/houses are places they live, and not tourist attractions.