• 1848 – 1868  Americans and the Navajo Mexico and the United States of America signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo on February 2, 1848 ending the Mexican War. Mexico, having lost the war, was forced to give up half of its homeland that included Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California. Navajo Chief Manuelito… [Continue Reading]

    The Americans and the Navajo
  • Mexicans and  Navajo History 1821 – 1848 THE MEXICANS Mexico declared independence from Spain. Treaty of Cordova between Spain and Mexico dated August 24, 1821, and in the Mexican Declaration of Independence, proclaimed September 28, 1821. The capital was kept in of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Painting of the Mexican capital in  Santa Fe New Mexico 1846… [Continue Reading]

    The Mexicans and the Navajo
  • History of the Spanish and the Navajo The first account in history of the Spaniards arrival in the Southwest dates back to 1540 when Coronado and his expedition came in search of gold and riches. Unsuccessful, they returned to Spain empty handed. The Spaniards succeeding visit to the Southwest had other intentions. They wanted to… [Continue Reading]

    The Spanish and the Navajo
  • Heritage Language Conference Theme: “Father Sky, Mother Earth” San Juan School District Friday, April 11, 2014 Conference Agenda 7:30 AM REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST 8:00 AM GENERAL ASSEMBLY 8:30 AM KEYNOTE SPEAKER #1 Rex Lee Jim, Vice President, NN 9:45 AM KEYNOTE SPEAKER #2 Steve Darden 11:00 AM BREAK-OUT SESSION #1 12:00 PM LUNCH (provided)… [Continue Reading]

    20th Annual Heritage Language Conference
  • Chief of the Navajos from 1783 – 1793 Antonio el Pinto Hashke’ likízhí (Speckled Warrior) By Robert Becenti 1978 Diné (Navajo)  Courtesy of National Museum of the American Indian On August 24, 1777, the Viceroy of New Spain appointed Anza as the Governor of the Province of Nuevo México, the present day U.S. state of… [Continue Reading]

    Antonio el Pinto  Chief of the Navajos
The Navajo Sacred Mountains Poster

The Navajo Sacred Mountains Poster

The Sacred Mountains of the Dinè Poster © 2013 Heritage Language Resource Center. All rights reserved When the Holy People were preparing the Fourth World for habitation by the Dinè, they took mountains that had been formed in the lower worlds and replanted them in this, the Fourth World.  Their placement forms the boundaries of the […]

Sesame Street Video about Navajo Life

Shows how the Navajo have to go to a well and hand pump water for their animals and plants. Many of the Navajo people do not have running water to their home.

Diné (Navajo) Kinship System

K’é – Diné (Navajo) Kinship System

The Diné society is based primarily upon kinship arising from clan affiliation, as each person is a member of the tribe by reason of his or her affiliation to one of the numerous Clans. It is very important for a person to know K’e – The Kinship System. Below are the Diné (Navajo) terms for […]

Navajo Stick Game-1

Tsidil – Navajo Stick Game

The Stick Game is a traditional activity given to the First Dine Clans by Changing Woman. Since it is not seasonally-specific, it can be played and enjoyed anytime of the year.   This game kit includes 40 polished stones (stars), three black & white dice, 25 colored playing sticks (markers), instructions, a 16-page, fullcolor, spiral-bound […]

Jake Livingston - Navajo-Zuni Silversmith

Jake Livingston – Navajo-Zuni Silversmith

Jake Livingston Living History Video This documentary film was researched, photographed, edited and produced by students of Winona State University (Winona, Minnesota) and Diné College (Tsaile, Arizona, Navajo Nation) during summer 2013. It contains stories Jake Livingston of Sanders, Arizona, told the students during several hours of interviews about his life. This documentary film is […]

Peter MacDonald Portrait

Peter MacDonald Tribal Chairman & Code Talker

Peter MacDonald  - Living History This documentary film was researched, photographed, edited and produced by students of Winona State University (Winona, Minnesota) and Diné College (Tsaile, Arizona, Navajo Nation) during summer 2013. It contains stories Peter MacDonald, of Tuba City, Arizona, told the students during several hours of interviews about his life. This documentary film […]

Della Toadlena Portrait

Della Toadlena Author, Professor, a Living History

Della Toadlena Living History Video   This documentary film was researched, photographed, edited and produced by students of Winona State University (Winona, Minnesota) and Diné College (Tsaile, Arizona, Navajo Nation) during summer 2013. It contains stories Della Toadlena of Chinle, Arizona, told to the students during several hours of interviews about his life. This documentary […]