May 18, 2012
(Don't think I'll share this on Facebook...)
Posted by John Kranz at May 18, 2012 12:07 PM
As a grade-school "ute" we took a family vacation in Monument Valley National Park on the AZ-UT border. We met and hired a Navajo entrepreneur name George Holliday to give us a private guided tour. He told us many stories, including some about Hollywood productions filmed on location there. On one of many repeat visits by John Wayne, George claims to have asked the film legend, "Are the Indians gonna win this time?" Wayne replied, presumably with a wry smile, "No George, not this time."
Holliday was a master of self-depricating humor. As we drove past a trail marker that read, "NO VEHICLES" he called our attention to it and said, "Don't worry, Indians can't read."
I was quite young, but I have no recollection of Mr. Halliday having wished those movies were never filmed, or were never filmed near his home where he and his neighbors could be paid for various services, or regretted the stimulation of tourism those films caused.