Navajo Nation

Ya’at’eeh (Greetings!) from the Dine’ (Navajo people)

The Navajo Nation is the largest Native American territory in the United States. It is over 27,000 square miles (roughly the equivalent of the New England states). It encompasses northeast Arizona, southeast Utah and northwest New Mexico.

The Navajo land is defined as enclosed by four sacred mountains:                                        East: Tsisnaajini’ – Mt. Blanca, east of Alamosa, CO                                                           South: Tsoodzil – Mt. Taylor, near Grants, NM                                                                    West: Doko’oosliid – San Francisco Peaks, near Flagstaff, AZ                                          North: Dibe’ntsaaa – Mt. Hesperus, west of Durango, CO

The hogan is a sacred home for the Diné who practice traditional religion. Every family, even if they live most of the time in a newer home, must have the traditional hogan for ceremonies, and to keep themselves in balance.  The entrance must always  face east in order to catch the first rays of the morning sun.

 

Navajo Nation is a nation within a nation, not subject to the laws of the states where their territories lie.  It is under the jurisdiction of the United States Secretary of Interior through the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  Navajo Nation is rich with scenic beauty, culture, and history. The Navajo people are world-renowned for their silver and turquoise jewelry and hand-woven rugs.

Landmarks such as Monument Valley, Canyon De Chelly, and Antelope Canyon are located within Navajo territory.

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