The Navajo tribe through time, have proven to be very intelligent and knowledgeable in the aspect of life. They are aware of their surroundings and are also aware of what they want out of life. That is not something you can say for most people. As once stated before “we need only look to our navajo Code Talkers during World War II to see the value that Native languages bring not only to their culture, but to the security of all Americans.”
Foundation and Values
The Navajo are people very geared toward family life, things as well as events that surround their lifestyle. There are Many games and traditions that have emerged from their love of the land and their attachment to it. Long winter nights and the seclusion of the reservation has brought about most of the customs and activities used by the People to entertain and amuse themselves as well as teach about their way of life.
Use of Phrases and Proverbs
Within these games and stories told, a great deal of now famous quotes has been brought forth. The long story, like quotations are not necessary because they have found a way to put so much meaning into so few words. For instance, the saying “Be still and the earth will speak to you” , say more than the original phrase. There is a lot of meaning packed into so few words. It has been pointed out that the Navajo enjoyed watching nature play its role. Sometimes it is not always necessary for you to chase nature to find out what is in store for you. There are times that natures takes its course and bring to you what is needed.
Furthermore there is a saying that is just the opposite. “Coyote is always out there waiting, and Coyote is always hungry.” In a sense this is telling you that sometimes it is necessary to get out there and DO. Everything does not come to you, but be thankful for what does. After observing the coyote for some time they were able to see that the coyote is always waiting to be fed which rarely happens. So they have learned from this animal and know that you have to work for what you want.
Though the two quotes above are fairly different from one another, they teach a strong lesson. You must know when to use a certain technique to obtaining the things you need. Sometimes it is wise to let nature talk. Sometimes it is wise to go out there and do for yourself. Both techniques are proven both helpful and useful.