“I am a product of the land. The land stalks me, it teaches me, I have accepted my fate, molded into the one who roams the land.”
Vincent Salabye, 39
Canyon de Chelly, Arizona
The trails Vincent rides are steeped in history. Not just his own, though, like many Navajo youth, he herded his grandparents’ sheep across the canyon’s hills on his very first bike. Canyon de Chelly has provided food and shelter to people for over 5000 years. The Puebloans, ancestors of the Hopi people, lived in dwellings high up in the cliffs. For the Navajo, the Canyon has been a sacred refuge for centuries.
I ride my homeland and find a reconnection to my joy. I can channel my strength from my childhood memories, I can channel the joyful memories, I am able to channel the healing power of growth and experience.