Lucy A. Willie
A. Willie was Navajo, and an elder in her community on the Navajo Nation in Burnham, NM. I first
met Lucy in November of 2004.
Stories of health problems, social justice issues regarding mining
rights, desecration of ceremonial and burial sites, with the losses of grazing
permits and homes had drawn my attention to the area. For 12 years I documented birth, death, joy, and
sorrow in the Willie family. I viewed, experienced, and photographed a way of life, which is quickly
vanishing in America.
Lucy took me into her family. Taught me the Navajo way. Called me her younger brother. Made me the uncle of her daughter and granddaughter. Showed me how to herd her sheep with the dogs. We cooked fry bread. Laughed and cried as one. Traveled untold miles together over the reservation working to bring social and environmental issues to light. Lucy never stopped believing in the truth. She stood tall and strong for her family, community, and country.
Lucy completed her journey on Mother Earth on Saturday July 14, 2018 at 7:20 am. She co-founded Dooda Desert Rock. Her peaceful spirit and strong resistance to wrong brought positive changes for all future generations.
Thank you sister. It was an honor far beyond words to know you, work with you, and be called your younger brother. May your journey ahead be filled with peace and joy. I will always remember your gentle smile and the lessons you taught me.
be strong, be safe, Carlan