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Navajo Culture

Navajo Culture

May 1, 2019 - 10:00 am in Navajo History

The number 4 is an integral component of Navajo culture. The Dinè people believe that their community passed through three different worlds before they were finally able to emerge in this present age. They refer to it as the Glittering World, which is home…

Navajo Tools

Navajo Tools

April 3, 2019 - 10:00 am in Navajo History

The Navajo Nation is widely known for their artistic crafts and creativity. Numerous craftspeople create beautiful silver jewelry, rugs, and patterned…

Navajo Environment

Navajo Environment

March 6, 2019 - 10:00 am in Navajo History

The Navajo people chose to settle in the southwestern part of the United States, with their Nation occupying territory in three states: Arizona, Utah,…

Navajo Wedding Vase Story

Navajo Wedding Vase Story

January 2, 2019 - 10:00 am in Navajo History

The Navajo wedding vase story is similar to that of many tribal cultures. The vase is a special vessel, intended for wedding ceremonies, as its use helps to create the beginning of a relationship were two become one. Unlike the traditional vase design, there…

Navajo Education History

Navajo Education History

December 5, 2018 - 10:00 am in Navajo History

Since the Treaty of 1868, the U.S. government has taken on the responsibility of educating the Navajo people. Reports that date back to 1928 show that failures have occurred on education policies. In-depth reports from 1969 and 1980 also note how the Bureau…

Navajo Government History

Navajo Government History

October 3, 2018 - 10:00 am in Navajo History

When European settlers began to explore the expansive lands of North America, the Navajo people already had a thriving culture in the Colorado Plateau. This region, which is now called the Four Corners because of how four U.S. states come together, would serve…

Navajo Chants

Navajo Chants

August 1, 2018 - 10:00 am in Navajo History

The Navajo people have a complex system of ceremonial activities and gatherings which they follow. Some are classified as “rites,” while others are labeled as a “chant.” To distinguish rites from chants, a rattle is used as an instrument during the…

Navajo Names

Navajo Names

June 6, 2018 - 10:00 am in Navajo History

In the Navajo tradition, names have great power. Navajo names are so precious, in fact, that they are usually reserved for use during ceremonies. Over the course of an average day, each person is referred to as their role in the family. “Son, go find Father,”…

Navajo Flag

Navajo Flag

May 2, 2018 - 10:00 am in Navajo History

The official flag of the Navajo nation was established in 1968. The design is that of a large rainbow which encompasses the entire flag in a 180-degree arc. Within the arc of the rainbow are four mountains, each with a different color. They are white, blue,…

Navajo Tea

Navajo Tea

March 7, 2018 - 10:00 am in Navajo History

Navajo tea goes by many different names, but it is made from the same basic herb. Called “Greenthread,” the plant has thin leaves that literally look like a green piece of thread. It grows over the Western and Midwestern United States, with some versions…