Yi-Wen Huang

Gallup, NM


A small rural town near the Navajo reservation and Arizona border

You see license plates from both states

Is it New Mexico or Arizona?

I wonder?

The Gathering of the Nations on the 1st of the month

On the weekend, the traffic gets worse, especially on the bridge going to Safeway

Many pickup trucks

I remember coming here for the first time

Driving at night in the dark on I-40W

I saw the shiny tent with many moving colorful lights looking like they are having a party

Dancing Eagle Casino

Best Prime Rib Thanksgiving dinner I ever had

The daylight amazed with the huge red canyon and mesas in the desert

The Navajo tribe

Fire Rock Casino, which just opened when I got here

Sky City Casino Route 66 Casino on the highway along Route 66


Red or green or Christmas

Panz Alegra

The first time I ate green chili

Chili rellenos, deep fried Anaheim peppers with cheese inside and out Yum


Diné dances in the summer

Male and female dancers in traditional clothes with feathers in moccasins

Long black hair

Zuni fetish and kachina in the trading posts owned by Middle-Easterners

Hotels everywhere owned by Indians


Facing the big sky with many stars

Clear and shiny

Windy and dry

Hailing a lot


Herding sheep, hauling water, chopping wood, no electricity

Baking bread outside

Navajo Tacos

Glowing casinos at night in the desert surrounded by four mountains


East, South, West, North, clock wise

Coyotes, roadrunners, jackalopes, and prairie dogs

Navajo willows and pinyon pines

Pinon coffee


Huge blue, green, or purple turquoise

Beautiful Squash blossom necklaces

Navajo jewelers selling cheap handmade jewelry in the parking lot on the weekends


Natives with backpacks wearing all black walking on the street near the supermarkets

Hitchhikers and runners on the side of the Historical Route 66



Dr. Yi-Wen Huang is from Taiwan and an Associate Professor of English and Linguistics at UNM-Gallup.  She lived and attended universities in Long Island, NY and Pittsburgh, PA.  Her research focuses on language and affect.  Her hobbies include zumba, winter hiking, spinning, thrift shopping, edm, and traveling as a foodie and tea aficionado.
Read more from her:
December 29, 2013 at XS, on It Must Be Heartbreaking



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