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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…

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.…

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…

Navajo Economy

Navajo Economy

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

The Navajo economy has undergone several distinct phases of transformation. From the sixteenth through late eighteenth century, when the Navajo tribes supposedly arrived at the southwestern region of the United States and populated the present day states of…

Navajo Word For Love

Navajo Word For Love

December 6, 2017 - 10:00 am in Navajo History

There are six thousand nine hundred and nine languages in the world. This excludes all extinct languages or dialects that are no longer spoken. Before we get to the Navajo word for love, it is necessary to note that every language evolves over time. The languages…

Navajo-Leaders

Navajo Leaders

October 4, 2017 - 10:00 am in Navajo History

The Navajo or Navaho are a Native American tribe, the second largest of its kind as federally recognized in the US, the first being the Cherokee. The Navajo people are mostly concentrated in the southwestern states of the United States. Around 300,460 people…