Last Updated September 5, 2004
Navajo and American Indian
Research Library Links & Area Newspapers
American Indian Cultural Links
Literature, Language, Culture
only a portion of what is available on the WEB
- This 15-megabyte website covers a broad range of hands-on exercises that
integrates multicultural art with mathematics.”
Subject matter ranges
from Chaco Canyon’s great kivas and prehistoric art to Madison
Avenue’s logos. "Though the site was primarily designed for students
and teachers between 4th and 12th Grades, the methodology was originally
developed as an archaeological tool," says author Christopher Hardaker.
Hardaker is an adjunct professor Dine' College, the Navajo Tribe's institute of
higher learning at Tsaile', Arizona.
- Good Source of Navajo Information, Information on government and current
They have been having some problems with ISP's and servers, so they have not
been consistantly on line.
- Apparrently prepared to go hand in glove with the 2002 Winter Olympics,
this site is extremely well done in my opinion and has much to offer that is
both informative and fun.
In addition to the expected, a Clan Relation Computer from
identify how others are related to you and if, in traditional manner, they
might be someone socially acceptable to date! You enter your and their four
clans, your genders and relative ages. This is definately something not familar
It is a good promotion of who the Dine' are today and the land comprising
their Nation. Hope it can continue on the web!
This site contains seemingly endless information, but unfortunately the writers
did not document where much of it originated!
If you can't find the
information you are seeking somewhere else, you may find it here. After looking
at some of the web page source code, I was able to confirm that this site was
originally published by the Gallup McKinley County Schools.(They did not change
some references when they brought it over) It vanished from the Gallup Schools
servers, but has now reappeared here.
The writers definitely were targeting quantity not quality and many pages
are just typed text. Let's hope the new owers can work on this.
This is extensive and there is very little you will need to go elsewhere
- Navajo and other Arizona Indian lore, lesson plans for lower grades are
- Authoritative article by the New Mexico Attorney General's Office. Well
- From Original Project by the Navajo Nation Dept of Education
- Navajo Taboos
A partial listing of prescriptions for appropriate behavior (and consequences
for not following them) from Gallup, New Mexico author Ernest Bulow's book by
the same Originally published on the web by Gallup Schools.
"Taboo" is some action that should not be done for a culturally based
reason. Walking under a ladder is a taboo, that most American are familiar
with. Taboos are generally based on religious or practical teachings -
sometimes both. In the Navajo Nation, not walking near the edge of cliffs is
taught as taboo so that the creatures who throw people down the cliffs won't
grab you. It also prevents being too near and overloading an eroding cliff
edge. Not throwing a frisbee or ball in the house or hogan is another example.
The consequences are obvious!
- This telling of the Navajo legend of the Gambler has a slightly different
ending than the one I am familiar with, in which he ends up a a constellation.
The lesson is much the same however. This legend has been of interest by those
seeking to comprehend all reasons affecting the Navajo choice, at this time to
avoid getting into the casino - and gambling -business.
- Ever wondered why there are so many Tsosies, Yazzies, Begays, Tsos among
the Dineh? Each of these is but a descriptor in the language of the Dineh, yet
they have ended up as legal surnames. Why are some named BIA which is but the
initials of the Bureau of Indian Affairs? If you have ever wondered why, this
article, written by one who was involved, could enlighten you.
- A good example of an 19th century observer's critical and culturally
biased analysis of the Dineh around Fort Defiance. Rather than accept the
Navajo's solutions to living with their environment, the author is judgemental
because they don't live in the same manner he is familiar with as
"civilized". Words like "palace" and "queen" are
strictly European in origin and they are the basis I am sure for inquiries I
get today looking up an ancestor who was supposedly a "Navajo
Link to Entire
University of Virginia Collection
containing the above stories
- This account is from the view of non-Navajos (Robert S. McPherson) with a
- Mohawk to Mayan. Literature, Fonts, Examples
- The hogan is the traditional Navajo dwelling. Today, they are probably
out-numbered by factory built housing! - Only part of the offerings at this
- This is an image of a poster created by the Chinle School's Curriculum
Center. Originals may be ordered from them. (928) 674-9400. Original is 11x17
NOTE:This is a large file! (411KB) The wait is worth it though.
- One of the most comprehensive sources of American Indian Resources.
Includes list of books on the Dineh, available by following the menus. You can
get lost here. The two previous items are from this source.
- This is a non-sectarian program sponsored by an artist in Utah.
Individuals and classrooms wanting both to learn from and assist the sani's, or
elders of the Dineh, may do so through this program. It is a unique
opportunity. With the advent of television and low-cost, high density housing
in Navajoland, families once together, have moved apart both physically and
spiritually. It is not uncommon for grandparents living away from the towns, to
be unable to converse with their grandchildren, who have not learned to speak
the Navajo language. If you have ever wanted to help, here is a way you can,
without having money lost to administrative costs such as salaries and
This site was unavailable because of a changed URL, but is
still active! 5/20/99
- Extensive. Deals with many aspect of Traditional Teachings
- Navajo Fish and Game
- American Indian and Indigenous Peoples Literature World-Wide
- The Bureau of Indian Affairs sponsored Net from the University of New
Mexico in Albuquerque. Access to BIA day and boarding schools and educational
Everything you always wanted to know about this trickster and much you probably
never ever would have considered! Coyote stories from many North American
peoples, including the Dineh.
- A Humanities Education Website by National Endowment for Humanities"
- Paths to Everywhere for American Indians. Contemporary and historical.
Little Diné, but many others.
- Photos and histories of all American Indian Tribal flags.
- Karen Strom's contribution has moved to its own site with her retirement
to Arizona. There is a wealth of resources, some Navajo."
- Yet another list. Michelle's site also contains a paper she did on the
Navajo House Blessing Ceremony
- Article on Long Walk December 97
- This list from the Cherokee Website includes BIA, Public and Private
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