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Navajo Family Shares Ancestral Earthen Homes on Airbnb


People have been living tiny since they started building homes, which is just what you’ll find at Shash Dine’ EcoRetreat. Set on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona, the “glampground” features a number of tiny dwellings which represent the past and future of Navajo architecture.

On site you’ll find authentic “hogans,” which are round earthen homes that the Navajo lived in generations ago. Additionally there are a couple of bell tents, wagons (which Navajo lived in while caring for sheep), and even a cube home (meant to show the future possibilities for Navajo dwelling).

In authentic Navajo fashion, there is no running water or electricity at the EcoRetreat — you truly get to step into their world and share in the rich history of the Navajo people. Enjoy Jenna’s video tour of the glampground below.

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Hogans, Bell Tents, Wagons & The Cube

Here’s an aerial view of the EcoRetreat

The cube was built from metal that would rust to blend back into the landscape.

These restored wagons were used by Navajo shepherds.

The bell tents also blend into the landscape.

VIDEO: Beautiful Navajo WAGONS & EARTHEN HOMES

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • Paula Brady, ONC
    August 2, 2021, 9:21 pm

    I was curious about the nightly rate.
    You’ve got to be kidding. $200.00 a night to stay in a tent?

    • James D.
      August 3, 2021, 5:11 pm

      It’s not like it’s in your back yard and nothing comes with it… You’re paying for the location, experience, amenities, etc. that you otherwise wouldn’t be getting…

  • August 3, 2021, 1:09 am

    As the exploration drew to a close, I noticed my pulse and breathing were soft, slow, gentle.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 4, 2021, 8:24 am

      Mine too. It was such a peaceful tour.

  • Marsha Cowan
    August 3, 2021, 8:31 pm

    There is nothing as wonderful as the experience of spending time with the Native American people of Arizona. I taught high school in Sanders, AZ on the Navajo Reservation about 10 years ago and was able to get to know many amazingly capable and talented teenagers and their families. In art, sports, academics, design, and especially in appreciation of tradition, the hardworking teens and their families taught me many great lessons about living on this earth and about my responsibilities to the earth and others. I loved it and can only imagine how enriched one’s life would be after spending time in this place and with this wonderful family. I especially love the shepherd’s wagons. Allarice, may you and your family be blessed with good and gracious visitors who appreciate the Navajo traditions. I hope I can be one of those visitors one day.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 4, 2021, 8:23 am

      Wow that’s amazing, Marsha! What a wonderful experience.

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