17 Facts About Navajo


Navajo are a Native American people of the Southwestern United States.

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At more than 399, 494 enrolled tribal members as of 2021, the Navajo Nation is the largest federally recognized tribe in the U S; the Navajo Nation has the largest reservation in the country.

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The Navajo Reservation is a little bigger than the State of West Virginia.

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The term Navajo comes from Spanish missionaries and historians who referred to the Pueblo Indians through this term, although they referred to themselves as the Dine, is a compound word meaning up where there is no surface, and then down to where we are on the surface of Mother Earth.

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Navajo children were sent to boarding schools within the reservation and off the reservation.

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English as the primary language spoken at these schools as well as the local towns surrounding the Navajo reservations contributed to residents becoming bilingual; however Navajo was the still the primary language spoken at home.

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Many Navajo men volunteered for military service in keeping with their warrior culture, and they served in integrated units.

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In 1942, Marine staff officers composed several combat simulations and the Navajo translated it and transmitted it in their dialect to another Navajo on the other line.

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Each Navajo went through basic bootcamp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego before being assigned to Field Signal Battalion training at Camp Pendleton.

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Hogan, the traditional Navajo home, is built as a shelter for either a man or for a woman.

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Navajo's writes, "even today, a solidly constructed, log-walled Hogan is preferred by many Navajo families.

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The Navajo people believe they passed through three worlds before arriving in this world, the Fourth World or the Glittering World.

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Navajo Tribe relied on oral tradition to maintain beliefs and stories.

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The Navajo silversmiths borrowed the "naja" symbol to shape the silver pendant that hangs from the "squash blossom" necklace.

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Turquoise has been part of jewelry for centuries, but Navajo artists did not use inlay techniques to insert turquoise into silver designs until the late 19th century.

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Cheap blankets were imported, so Navajo weavers shifted their focus to weaving rugs for an increasingly non-Native audience.

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Navajo's daughter has continued the novel series after his death.

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