Monday, April 20, 2009
Owl Springs, Black Mesa, Navajo Reservation
Navajo medicine man Carlos Begay stands above what used to be Owl Springs, the traditional watering place of his family for generations upon generations. Since Peabody Coal began tapping 9 billion gallons of water a year from the only desert aquifer in this region to run their slurry line, these and many other springs have disappeared. Most Navajo families in the region now drive miles across the desert in flatbed trucks to Peobody Mine headquarters and fill 200 gallon tanks to take home for themselves and their livestock.