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Navajo creation story – Nihalgai – The Glittering or White World

 The Glittering or White World

The Locust,  was the first to reach the next world. He looked around, and saw that the world was covered with water that  glittered and everything looked white. This is why they call it the Glittering World or White World.
The other beings followed Locust, and everyone came into the White World. The place where they came is called Hajinei. Many people say this place is somewhere in the La Plata Mountains, in Colorado.
Note:(Locust also means grasshopper, cicada)

Navajo Creation Story Painting by Kee Lee

Navajo Creation Story Painting by Kee Lee – Nizhoni Fine Arts Competition – Navajo Nation Fair 2012

Even though they escaped the water in the Third World, the beings were not safe. The water kept rising up after them.

First Man asked the Water Buffalo why she had come and why she had sent the flood. She said nothing. Then the Coyote drew the two babies from his coat and said that it was, perhaps, because of them.

The Turquoise Boy took a basket and filled it with turquoise. On top of the turquoise he placed the blue pollen,  from the blue flowers,and the yellow pollen from the corn; and on top of these he placed the pollen from the water flags,  and again on top of these he placed the crystal, which is river pollen.

This basket he gave to the Coyote who put it between the horns of the Water Buffalo. The Coyote said that with this sacred offering he would give back the male child. He said that the male child would be known as the Black Cloud or Male Rain, and that he would bring the thunder and lightning. The female child he would keep.

She would be known as the Blue, Yellow, and White Clouds or Female Rain. She would be the gentle rain that would moisten the earth and help them to live. So he kept the female child, and he placed the male child on the sacred basket between the horns of the Water Buffalo. And the Water Buffalo disappeared, and the waters with her.

Soon, First Man and First Woman began to make things the way they were supposed to be. The Holy People helped them. Their first job was to rebuild the mountains. They had brought soil from the Yellow World. With this they made mountains in all four directions.

Then, the people made a fire. To start it, they used flint. The flint also was brought from the Yellow World. The fire was started with four kinds of wood: fir, pinyon, spruce and juniper. lt is said that these kinds of wood should be treated with respect, even today. They should not be misused.

The fire made a loud noise. The noise was so loud that some of the beings were afraid. One of them broke a branch from a tree, and stuck the branch in the fire. This made the noise go away. Because of this, a song and a prayer were made for the tree branch. This branch was the first fire poker. To this day, the poker is respected.

When they had fire, the people made a sweatbath. They built a sweathouse. They made songs and prayers for it. First Man was the first to use these things.

1-4a Forth World

Creation Story Poster- Ni’hodilhil First World
Illustrations by Theresa Breznau.
© 2013 Heritage Language Resource Center. All rights reserved
To purchase see bottom of page.

First Man and First Woman wanted a hogan. They wondered where to build it. They looked around, and saw many trails leading to other beings’ homes. But there were no other hogans at Huerfano Mesa. So first Man and First Woman built their home there. Talking God helped to build the first hogan. This was a male hogan. lt was like the forked stick hogan we have today. lt had a doorway facing east. This let in the early morning light. The male hogan was only for ceremonies.

First Man and First Woman still needed a home where they could live. With the help of other beings, they built a female hogan. This hogan was made of mud and logs. lt was shaped like a circle. This was the place where the people lived and worked.

By now First Man and First Woman had become human. They were like us. They lived at Huerfano Mesa. For food, they ate wild plants and animals. The Holy People made a song and prayer to let plants grow. Then the people planted their own food.

After this, there were four seasons. ln the spring, the plants came up from the ground. ln the winter, the plants died and were hidden under the snow. Then in the spring they came up again. The plants grew into crops like corn, beans and squash. But all was not well. There were monsters who hurt people. Horned Monster chased people and killed them with his horns. There was a monster that kicked people off the edge of a cliff. Another monster killed people by staring at them until they were under his spell. Then he ate them.

First Man and First Woman could not stop the monsters. They did not know what to do. Then one day they looked up. They saw a cloud over Gobernador Knob. First Man went to the top to see what the cloud was. ln the cloud was a baby girl.

First Man lifted the baby into his arms. He carried her down to First Woman. The Holy People helped First Man and First Woman raise the baby girl. They named her Changing Woman. ln time, Changing Woman grew to be an adult. She had twin sons. One was named Ghild Born of Water. The other was called Monster Slayer. The twins grew to be tall and strong. One day they went hunting. They looked down, and saw a hole in the ground.

Smoke was coming out of the hole. They looked closer, and heard a voice say, “Come in.” They climbed down into the hole. At the bottom, they found Spider Woman. The Twins always wondered who was their father. They asked Spider Woman about this. “The Sun is your father,” she told them. The Twins decided to meet their father. They left Spider Woman, and went toward the Sun.

It was long, hard trip. Many things tried to keep the boys from their father. Finally, they reached the Sun. They told him about the monsters that were hurting people. The Sun promised to help get rid of the monsters. Before the Twins left, their father gave them weapons and knowledge. “Use these to kill the monsters,” the Sun said.

So the Twins left. Monster Slayer used his new weapons to kill many monsters. His brother helped.

The boys stripped off his helmet and coat-of-mail and put them in his two big baskets, to carry home to their mother. Then the younger brother, Child-of-the-Water, cut off the giant’s scalp, whence his other name, the Cutter. When the twins got back to the Holy Hohrahn, they found their mother making baby-tracks of corn-pollen, as a prayer for the return of her sons. She also had a long piece of turquoise, which she held up to the Sun. When smoke arose from the upper end, it was a sign that the boys were in danger. When drops of blood appeared at the lower end, it was a sign they had killed their enemies.

The next morning the Slayer went out alone and killed the great one-horned monster which had tried to eat him up. The next day he went to Winged Rock, where the harpy which had pursued him dwelt; and so on each day he went out, until the last of the monsters was dead. But when he thought the land was freed of all evil, he spied four ugly strangers. They were Cold and Hunger, Poverty and Death, and straightway he went to destroy them.

Cold was an old woman, freezing and shivering.

‘You may kill me if you wish,’ she said. ‘But if you do, it will always be hot. There will be no snow, and no water in the summer. You will do better to let me live.’

‘You speak wisely, my grandmother,’ he answered; and so we still have the cold.
‘If you kill me,’ said Hunger, ‘the people will all lose their appetites. There will be no more pleasure in feasting and eating.’ So the Slayer let him live.

Poverty was an old man, in filthy garments.

‘Kill me,’ he said, ‘and put me out of my misery. But if you do your old clothes will never wear out, the people will never make new ones. You will all be ragged and dirty, like me.’ So the Slayer spared his life.

Death was old and bent and wrinkled and the Slayer determined to kill her.

‘If you slay me,’ she said, ‘your people will never increase. The worthless old men will not die and give up their places to the young. Let me live and your young men will marry and have children. I am your friend, though you know it not.’

‘I will let you live, my grandmother,’ he said. And so we still have Death.

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More of the Navajo creation story:
Navajo creation story – The First World “Nihodilhil” (Black World)

Navajo creation story – Nihodootlizh – Second World (Blue World)

Navajo creation story – Nihaltsoh -The third World (Yellow World)

Navajo creation story – Nihalgai – The Glittering or White World

The Legend of the Navajo Hero Twins – Book

Navajo creation story – the Talking God

Navajo Creation Story – House God

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Navajo creation story – Nihaltsoh -The third World (Yellow World)

Nihaltsoh – The Navajo Yellow World

 Navajo Third World

Creation Story Poster- Ni’hodilhil First World
Illustrations by Theresa Breznau.
© 2013 Heritage Language Resource Center. All rights reserved
To purchase see bottom of page.


On the wands, the beings passed into the Third World. Blue Bird was the first to come through. He found the world was yellow. After Blue Bird, First Man, First Woman, Coyote and one of the insects came. After that, the other beings entered the Yellow World.

The Yellow World was large. Many new things were there. A great river crossed this land from north to south. It was the Female River.
There was another river crossing it from east to west, it was the Male River. This Male River flowed through the Female River and on  and the name of this place is tqoalna’osdli, the Crossing of the waters.

Animals in the Yellow world
a. Squirrel
b. Chipmunk
c. Mice
d. Turkey
e. Foxes
f. Deer
g. Spiders
h. Lizards
i. Water Monster

Others in the Yellow World
1. Water Monster
2. Turquoise Boy
3. While Shell Woman
4. Coyote
5. Rivers that Cross
6. Separation of Sexes


In this world there were six mountains. These are the mountains that are important to Navajos today.

The Four Sacred Mountains

In the East was  Blanco Peak  Sisnaajinii, the Standing Black Sash. Its ceremonial name is Yolgaidzil, the Dawn or White Shell Mountain.
In the South stood Mount Taylor Tsoodzil, the Great Mountain, also called Mountain Tongue. Its ceremonial name is Yodoltizhidzil, the Blue Bead or Turquoise Mountain.
In the West stood the San Francisco Peaks  Dook’oslid,  Its ceremonial name is Dichi’li dzil, the Abalone Shell Mountain.
In the North stood the La Plata Mountains Debe’ntsa, Many Sheep Mountain.
Its ceremonial name is Bash’zliinidzil. Obsidian Mountain.

Other Sacred Mountains

ln the middle was Huerfano Mesa.  Dzilna’odili, the Upper Mountain. It was very sacred, and its name means also the Center Place, and the people moved around it. Its ceremonial name is Ntl’isdzil. Precious Stone or Banded Rock Mountain.

Near this was a cone-shaped mountain called Gobernador Knob,  called Chori’i or Dzil na’odilicholi, and it was also a sacred mountain.

Different animals lived around these mountains. Squirrel, Chipmunk, Turkey, Deer, Snake and Lizard lived there. But these animals looked different from animals we see today. They were spirit beings.

The beings were happy in the Yellow World. Then one day something happened. Coyote took Water Monster’s baby. Water Monster was very angry. He was so angry that he decided to make it rain. lt rained and rained. The water rose higher and higher.
Then the water began to flood. The beings did not know where to go to escape the flood. First Man tried to help them. He told them to come to Blanco Peak. But the water kept rising. It rose higher than the mountain.

First Man wondered what to do. He planted a cedar tree. But this did not grow higher than the water. He planted a pine tree. But the pine tree was too short. He planted a male reed. The reed was still too short. Finally, First Man planted a female reed. This reed grew to the sky.

The beings climbed onto the reed. They started to climb up. When they got to the top, they found another world. This was the Fourth, White World. This is the place where all beings live today.


The First World “Nihodilhil” (Black World)

Nihodootlizh – Second World (Blue World)

 Nihaltsoh -The third World (Yellow World)

 Nihalgai – The Fourth, Glittering or White World


Creation Story Poster Set of Four

4-creation posters

This poster set illustrates and explains the Creation Narrative in simple, design and text.
Each poster depicts the beings and landmarks associated with that World.
Illustrations by Theresa Breznau.
17” x 22” laminated on heavy cardstock.
Sold as a set for $24.00
Also available individually for $6.00 each

To Purchase:
Heritage Language Resource Center
Navajo and Ute Language Resources
28 West 20 North
Blanding, Utah 8451
435 -678 -1230

Navajo creation story – Ni’hodootl’izh – Second World (Blue World)

Because of the strife in the First World, First Man (Atse Hastin), First Woman  (Atse Estsan)  , and the Coyote called First Angry, followed by all the others, climbed up from the World of Darkness and Dampness to the Second or Blue World.

Nihodootlizh – Second World (Blue World)

Creation Story Poster
Illustrations by Theresa Breznau.
© 2013 Heritage Language Resource Center. All rights reserved
To purchase see bottom of page.

In the Blue World
Blue Bird
Blue Hawk
Blue Jay

Holy People
Zigzag Lightening
Stright Lighting

Kit Foxes
Mountain Lion

Many beings lived in the Blue World. There was Blue Bird, Blue Hawk, Blue Jay and Blue Heron. Big insects also lived there. Wolves lived in a white house in the east. Wildcats lived in a blue house in the south. Kit foxes lived in a yellow house to the west. Mountain lions lived in a black house in the north.
The powerful swallow people lived there also, and these people made the Second World unpleasant for those who had come from the First World. There was fighting and killing.

The animals of the Blue World were at war with each other. First Man knew this, and he killed some of them. For doing this, First Man received certain songs and prayers. He said the prayers and sang the songs. When he did, the animals came to life again.
Coyote also lived in the Blue World. Coyote traveled all over. He went to all four directions. On his trips, he saw that the beings were not happy. They wanted to leave the Blue World.
When First Man heard this, he tried to help them leave. He smoked some sacred tobacco. He blew the smoke in the four directions. This made the insects feel better, but all the beings still wanted to leave. First Man tried again to help them. He tried many things, but he could not find a way for them to leave.

Finally, First Man found a black stone, called jet. He made a wand with the jet. He made three other wands. One was made of turquoise, One was made of abalone, and one was made of shell. Then First Man carved four footprints on the wands.

The beings climbed on the wands. The wands took them through an opening in the south. Before they left they made an offering. This was their way of thanking the Holy People for helping them leave. Today, people still make offerings like this.

The First Four found an opening in the World of Blue Haze  and they climbed through this and led the people up into the Third or Yellow world.

The First World “Nihodilhil” (Black World)

 Ni’hodootl’izh – Second World (Blue World)

 Nihaltsoh -The third World (Yellow World)

 Nihalgai – The Fourth, Glittering or White World


Creation Story Poster Set of Four

4-creation posters

This poster set illustrates and explains the Creation Narrative in simple, design and text.
Each poster depicts the beings and landmarks associated with that World.
Illustrations by Theresa Breznau.
17” x 22” laminated on heavy cardstock.
Sold as a set for $24.00
Also available individually for $6.00 each

To Purchase:
Heritage Language Resource Center
Navajo and Ute Language Resources
28 West 20 North
Blanding, Utah 8451
435 -678 -1230



Navajo creation story – The First World “Nihodilhil” (Black World)

Navajo origin stories begin with a First World of darkness (Nihodilhil). From this Dark World the Dine began a journey of emergence into the world of the present.

It had four corners, and over these appeared four clouds. These four clouds contained within themselves the elements of the First World. They were in color, black, white, blue, and yellow.

Navajo creation story – The First World “Nihodilhil” (Black World)

Creation Story Poster- Ni’hodilhil First World
Illustrations by Theresa Breznau.
© 2013 Heritage Language Resource Center. All rights reserved
To purchase see bottom of page.

Thing in the Black World
1. Insects – Ch’osh
a. Black Ants – Wo’ia’zhini Dine’è
b. Bee People – Tsi’s’na’ Dine’è
c. Wasp People – Na’azozii Dine’è

1., Divine Spirit
2. First Talking God
3. Second Talking God
4. Coyote
5. Primordial Dawn
6. Primordial Blue Sky
7. Primordial Twilight
8. Primordial Darkness
9. Everlasting life and happiness

The Black Cloud represented the Female Being or Substance. For as a child sleeps when being nursed, so life slept in the darkness of the Female Being. The White Cloud represented the Male Being or Substance. He was the Dawn, the Light Witch Awakens, of the First World.

In the East, at the place where the Black Cloud and the White Cloud met, First Man, was formed ; and with him was formed the white corn, perfect in shape, with kernels covering the whole ear. Dohonotini is the name of this first seed corn,  and it is also the name of the place where the Black Cloud and the White Cloud met.

The First World was small in size, a floating island in mist or water.

On it there grew one tree, a pine tree, which was later brought to the present world for firewood.

Man was not, however, in his present form. The conception was of a male and a female being who were to become man and woman.

The creatures of the First World are thought of as the Mist People they had no definite form, but were to change to men, beasts, birds, and reptiles of this world.

Now on the western side of the First World, in a place that later was to become the Land of Sunset, there appeared the Blue Cloud, and opposite it there appeared the Yellow Cloud. Where they came together First Woman was formed, and with her the yellow corn.

This ear of corn was also perfect. With First Woman there came the white shell and the turquoise and the yucca.
First Man stood on the eastern side of the First World. He represented the Dawn and was the Life Giver. First Woman stood opposite in the West. She represented Darkness and Death.

First Man burned a crystal for a fire. The crystal belonged to the male and was the symbol of the mind and of clear seeing. When First Man burned it, it was the mind’s awakening. First Woman burned her turquoise for a fire. They saw each other’s lights in the distance.

When the Black Cloud and the White Cloud rose higher in the sky First Man set out to find the turquoise light. He went twice without success, and again a third time ; then he broke a forked branch from his tree, and, looking through the fork, he marked the place where the light burned. And the fourth time he walked to it and found smoke coming from a home.

“Here is the home I could not find,” First Man said.

First Woman answered : “Oh, it is you. I saw you walking around and I wondered why you did not come. ” Again the same thing happened when the Blue Cloud and the Yellow Cloud rose higher in the sky. First Woman saw a light and she went out to find it. Three times she was unsuccessful, but the fourth time she saw the smoke and she found the home of First Man.

“I wondered what this thing could be,” she said.

“I saw you walking and I wondered why you did not come to me,” First Man answered.

First Woman saw that First Man had a crystal for a fire, and she saw that it was stronger than her turquoise fire. And as she was thinking, First Man spoke to her. “Why do you not come with your fire and we will live together. ” The woman agreed to this. So instead of the man going to the woman, as is the custom now, the woman went to the man.

About this time there came another person, the Great-Coyote-Who-Was-Formed-in-the-Water, and he was in the form of a male being.

He told the two that he had been hatched from an egg. He knew all that was under the water and all that was in the skies. First Man placed this person ahead of himself in all things.

The three began to plan what was to come to pass; and while they were thus occupied another being came to them. He also had the form of a man, but he wore a hairy coat, lined with white fur, that fell to his knees and was belted in at the waist.

His name was , First Angry or Coyote. He said to the three: “You believe that you were the first persons. You are mistaken. I was living when you were formed. ” Then four beings came together. They were yellow in color and were called the wasp people. They knew the secret of shooting evil and could harm others. They were very powerful.

This made eight people.

Four more beings came. They were small in size and wore red shirts and had little black eyes. They were the or spider ants.

They knew how to sting, and were a great people.

After these came a whole crowd of beings. Dark colored they were, with thick lips and dark, protruding eyes. They were the , the black ants. They also knew the secret of shooting evil and were powerful ; but they killed each other steadily.

By this time there were many people. Then came a multitude of little creatures. They were peaceful and harmless, but the odor from them was unpleasant. They were called the wolazhini nlchu nigi, meaning that which emits an odor.

And after the wasps and the different ant people there came the beetles, dragonflies, bat people, the Spider Man and Woman, and the Salt Man and Woman,  and others that rightfully had no definite form but were among those people who peopled the First  World.

And this world, being small in size, became crowded, and the people quarreled and fought among themselves, and in all ways made living very unhappy.

The First World “Nihodilhil” (Black World)

Nihodootlizh – Second World (Blue World)

 Nihaltsoh -The third World (Yellow World)

 Nihalgai – The Fourth, Glittering or White World


Creation Story Poster Set of Four

4-creation posters

This poster set illustrates and explains the Creation Narrative in simple, design and text.
Each poster depicts the beings and landmarks associated with that World.
Illustrations by Theresa Breznau.
17” x 22” laminated on heavy cardstock.
Sold as a set for $24.00
Also available individually for $6.00 each

To Purchase:
Heritage Language Resource Center
Navajo and Ute Language Resources
28 West 20 North
Blanding, Utah 8451
435 -678 -1230

Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial 2022

August 4th – 14th, 2022
Red Rock Park | Gallup, New Mexico

The Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial is the longest-running, continuous event In the State of New Mexico. Home to the oldest Native American Art Show in the country. Parades, Dances, Art Demonstrations, Native Foods, Rodeos, Pow-Wow, Song & Dance, Night Dance Performances, and Pageants.


(subject to changes/updates)

Full Rodeo Schedule

4th – 14th
Online: Virtual Artisans Market

7:30p Ceremonial Thursday Night Parade
Parade Entry Form
Location: Gallup
1p      Gates Open
Purchase advance tickets and parking (no additional fees!)
Note: $5 parking on the event day is cash only!
Location: Red Rock Park
Events Include: Artisan Market & Demonstrators | Food Vendors | Four Winds Performance Stage | Ceremonial Queen & Tribal                  Royalty Meet & Greet
7p     “One World Beat” evening show begins with a Native American & Indigenous Tribal Procession, Showcase of Songs &                                Dances and Friday featuring: Pamyua (Yup’ik) from Alaska

7a      5K Run/Walk (free event) more info

1p      Gates Open
Purchase advance tickets and parking (no additional fees!)
Note: $5 parking on the event day is cash only!
Location: Red Rock Park
Events include: Artisan Market & Demonstrators | Food Vendors | Four Winds Performance Stage | Ceremonial Queen & Tribal                  Royalty Meet & Greet
7p     “One World Beat” evening show begins with a Native American & Indigenous Tribal Procession, Showcase of Songs &                                Dances and Saturday featuring: HAKA: M?ori Cultural Experience from Aotearoa/New Zealand

7th – 9th Ceremonial Film Festival – more info click here

7th     Rodeo Events
Location: Red Rock Park

8th-10th Ceremonial Queen Pageant Events

Rodeo Events
Location: Red Rock Park

2p   Little Miss Ceremonial Pageant (free event)
Location: El Morro Theatre | Gallup

9th   Rodeo Events
Location: Red Rock Park

6p   Ceremonial Queen Dinner/Silent Auction/Public Speaking Competition (limited seating) Advance tickets
Location: El Morro Events Center | Gallup

7p       Traditional Talent Showcase & Crowning – Advance tickets
Location: El Morro Theatre | Gallup

Rodeo Events
6p-10p Juried Art Show & Opening Night Wine Gala
Location: Red Rock Park

11th     Rodeo Events
10a-6p Juried Art Show
Location: Red Rock Park

12th     Gates Open: 10a
Ticket Information Call 505.863.3896
Location: Red Rock Park
Rodeo Events
10a-8p Juried Art Show
Events also include: Artisans Market | Native American Dance Performances and Traditional Night Dances

7p       Native Film Series 2022 | Special Surprise Screening
Location: El Morro Theatre | Gallup

9a         Ceremonial Saturday Morning Parade
Location: Gallup

Gates Open: 8a
Ticket Information: Call 505.863.3896
Location: Red Rock Park
Rodeo Events
11a-10p Juried Art Show
Events also include: Artisans Market | Native American Dance Performances and Traditional Night Dances

14th     Gates Open: 10a
Ticket Information: Call 505.863.3896
Location: Red Rock Park
Rodeo Events
10a-1p Juried Art Show
Navajo Song & Dance
Events also include: Artisans Market | Native American Dance Performances and Traditional Night Dances

Ryedale Largo 13 year old Navajo Youth Soloist

Aztec Danza Mexicayotl

Santa Fe Indian Market

SWAIA will celebrate its  annual Santa Fe Indian Market the week of August 13-18, 2019.

Santa Fe Indian Market

Over 175,000 people will com to Santa Fe this August. The, Santa Fe Indian Market attracts international visitors from all walks of life

Most events are free and open to the public. Join us! It will be an experience of a lifetime.
The Market was first held in 1922 as the Indian Fair and was sponsored by the Museum of New Mexico.

The market features pottery, jewellery, textile weavings, painting, sculpture, beadwork, basketry, and other traditional and contemporary work. It is the oldest and largest juried Native American art showcase in the world.

Artists display their work in booths around the Santa Fe Plaza and adjacent streets, selling directly to the general public.
Many buyers make a point of arriving downtown very early in the morning, and it is not unusual to find artists having sold out within a few hours.


7:00PM – 8:15PM
Warrior Women (64 min.) – USA. The life of Lakota activist and community organizer Madonna

1:00PM – 9:00PM
@ 1PM- Wiñaypacha (Eternity) ( 87 min.) – PERU @ 3PM – The Blessing (74 min.) – USA @ 7PM

1:00PM – 9:00PM
@1PM – Total Running Time: 98 min. Ara Marumaru (The Shadow) (8 min.) – NZ Angelique’s Isle

7:00PM – 10:00PM
All-ages event including entertainment and a special preview of IM: EDGE Contemporary

11:30AM – 2:00PM
Sponsored by the Institute of American Indian Arts.
This exclusive event brings together the top award-winning artists and the Indian Market community to celebrate this year’s best work.

Location: New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA

2:00PM – 4:00PM
The Sneak Preview allows SWAIA Members the opportunity to view phenomenal award-winning artworks before the Market opens on Saturday morning, and to meet SWAIA ‘Best of Show’ artists in an exclusive setting. Includes a special preview of IM: EDGE Contemporary Show!

6:00PM – 8:00PM
Following the Sneak Preview, the public will have the opportunity to preview award-winning art at a reduced ticket price. The General Preview is your chance to view all the best of the show award-winning artworks before the weekend market begins. Includes a special preview of IM: EDGE Contemporary Show!

DATE: Saturday, August 17th
TIME: 7:00AM – 5:00PM
The 98th Santa Fe Indian Market transforms the City of Santa Fe, with nearly 1,000 of the continent’s finest Native American artists showing their work in booths filling the Santa Fe Plaza and surrounding streets.

DATE: Saturday, August 17th
TIME: 8:30AM – 5:00PM
8:30 Robert Tree Cody
9:30 Louie Gonnie
10:30 Louie Gonnie
11:30 Tony Duncan & Family
12:30 NARF Panel: “Activism and Art – Breaking Barriers to the Ballot Box.”
1:30 Larry Yazzie/Native Pride Dancers
2:30 Donn Clark Blues Band
3:30 Innastate
4:30 “Waiting for You,” a song honoring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, performed by Red Willow Harmony of Taos Pueblo

Theme of “Honoring the Strength and Resilience of Native Women.”
IM: EDGE takes place at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center as part of the official Santa Fe Indian Market. It is free and open to the public.
Thursday, August 15th: (Indian Market Kick Off Party) 7pm – 10:00pm
Friday, August 16th (During Best of Show and Preview Events) 10am – 8:00pm
Saturday, August 17th: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, August 18th: 9:00am – 4:00pm

TIME: 1:00PM – 10:00PM

Indian Market Gala

One of the most glamorous and popular events of the Santa Fe Indian Market is the Live Auction Gala and Reception. This fundraiser for the Southwestern Association of Indian Arts (SWAIA), the organization that produces the Indian Market, begins with a silent auction and cocktail reception and culminates with the exciting Live Auction dinner.

DATE: Saturday, August 17th
TIME: 8:00PM – 10:30PM
@ 8PM – RAILYARD Ralph Breaks the Internet TRT: 116 min. Video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz must risk it all by traveling to the World Wide Web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, “Sugar Rush.”
Families are encouraged to bring chairs/blankets and arrive in time to secure a spot on the lawn. Food available for purchase from a variety of local food trucks. The movie will begin at sunset.
Location: Railyard Park 740 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA


Santa Fe Indian Market Website

Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams

Wonderful Story made for young readers about a little black bear called Lump Lump, who isn’t quite ready to hibernate for the winter.

With the help of his mother, Blue Bird, and his forest friends, Lump Lump gathers materials for Spider Woman to weave him a Blanket of Dreams.

Drawn from Navajo tradition you will find many characters from the Navajo Creation Story including bear, fox, hawk, and bluebird.

From the publisher:

Have you ever resisted sleep because the world is just too exciting?

No child wants to go to bed after an active day but Lump Lump, the bear is looking for something worse, hibernation, just when life is getting started to get interesting.

Only the rumor of a mysterious ‘Blanket of Dreams’ can enticed him to journey into a place he initially resist in this Native American bedtime story about friendship, Navajo folklore, and the weaving of the blanket that brings everything together.

Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams was written with the idea that parents Will it read aloud and discuss it with their kids. All ages would be attracted to the eye popping color artwork and  Navajo weaving references throughout.

Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams encourages understanding and promotes cultural connections through a picture book bedtime story with the rare ability to interest adults and children alike.


“There are numerous children’s picture book retellings of folk legends from around the world on the market today, and many for Native American stories — but Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams is an exceptional addition to the genre literature that deserves to be included in any picture book collections where Native American stories are a feature.”
-Donovan’s Shelf, Donovan’s Literary Services

“Numerous adaptations of folktales from other countries appear as children’s picture books yearly, but few are as compelling and highly recommended at Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams:  Inspired by Navajo Culture and Folklore.”  “…full-color illustrations are simply gorgeous, eye-popping productions that truly stand apart…” “…Not only did Navajo weaver Barbara Teller Ornelas contribute a blanket to the story line for illustration, but she served as a consultant for the story, helping to fine-tune its Navajo cultural insights.  Ms. Ornelas’ weavings are in the Smithsonian, the British Museum, and many other galleries.” “…evocative, soaring, image-filled language…”   “….will easily move beyond the category of ‘picture book folklore read-aloud’ and into the realm of Native American studies.”  

-Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

Read the”K-Gr. 3″  “Lump Lump,  a bear cub, is not keen on hibernation, until he hears Blue Bird’s song about “a blanket of dreams.”   “…There are many sweet, non insistent lessons gathered into this tale drawn from Navajo tradition…”  “Along with the life lessons it contains, this story has an incantatory rhythm that would lend itself beautifully as a wind down to sleep.”

Gwen Jackson’s Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams is available for purchase Here

Navajo Nation Outdoor Recreation

Navajo Nation Offers New Off-Season Outdoor Recreation

monument valley marathon

WINDOW ROCK, AZ. – Towering chestnut rock formations…crisp cool skies and soothing temperatures.
It’s a calming ambiance of Navajo that gives most visitors a sense of peace and a haven of solace. And there is certainly no shortage of stunning attractions and unparalleled scenery here in the heart of the great Southwest.
This is where traditional Navajo culture and echoes of history come to life. In fact, Navajo cultural treasures abound, which mystifies many a traveler.
Navajo tourism studies have revealed that a majority of Navajoland visitors come to the Navajo Nation to see its scenery and often return for a second visit. Visitors can enjoy an array of Navajo tribal parks, national parks, museums, tribal fairs, year-round Navajo cultural events, rodeos, hunting and fishing.
To add to the showcase of Navajo adventures, visitors can now add walking, hiking and running to their list. Within the past several months, the Navajo Nation has been working diligently with various partners to develop new venues and activities for outdoor recreation enthusiasts who specifically enjoy hiking and running.
The Navajo Nation has some of the finest and stellar outdoor hiking and running trails in the world for people who have a love for the outdoors.
Feel the warmth and feel the welcome. Marvel and embrace the timeless beauty of the Navajo people and relaxing atmosphere of Mother Nature.
So take serenity to a whole new level and mark your calendar to participate in two new outdoor events on the northern outskirts of the Navajo Nation. On Saturday, October 29th there will be an event called the Natisaan Trail Ultra, which is a 50-mile marathon that will begin from Navajo Mountain Chapter House to Rainbow Bridge and back.
On Saturday, November 19th, there will be a Monument Valley Marathon at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. The half marathon and full marathon begins at 10 a.m.
On December 8-11th, also a first-time event, there will be a four-state marathon called the Four Corners Quad Keyah Marathon Challenge. On four separate days, runners will run in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado and end at Four Corners Monument. Thursday, December 8th will be Arizona, Friday is Utah, Saturday is Colorado and Sunday is New Mexico. For information about these hiking and running events, contact
The Navajo Nation is also home to a new hiking and running trail called the Navajo Nation Museum Trail in Window Rock, Arizona. The trail begins from the Navajo Nation Museum and heads north and ends at the Window Rock Navajo Tribal Veterans Memorial Park.

Navajo Fine Arts Show and Competition

Nizhoni Arts Market September 8 – 11, 2016

at the Navajo Nation Fair

Navajo Fine Arts Show and Competition

Fine Arts Competition
Wednesday, September 7,  1 pm

Art Market Hours:
Thursday, September 8, 9 am
Friday, September 9, am
Saturday, September 10, 9 am
Sunday, September 11, 9 am

Welcome to the Fine Arts and Crafts Show at the Navajo Nation Fair. The show Feature “World Class” Authentic Arts by Renowned and Up & Coming Navajo Artisans.

Entries Taken from:

Sunday, September 4th from 9am – 5pm and & Tuesday, September 6th from 8am till Noon at Gorman Hall

Gorman Hall will be closed on Monday, Labor Day


All work must be handmade by the artist within the period of September 2015 to September 2016. Art must relate to the artist’s tribal affiliation.

Eligibility & Tribal Verification
The Fine Arts Competition is Inter-Tribal. The artist is required to provide proof of enrollment by providing a copy of their Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB), Proof of Identification for senioreligibility.

Art Delivery
Each Artist Allowed to enter ONLY two items for Fine Arts Competition, The Navajo Nation Museum staff will not accept entries at the NNMNO entries will be accepted after 3:00pm on both days.

For more information contact: Clarenda Begay (928) 592-2813

Navajo Fine Arts Show and Competition

Navajo Nation Fair Fine Arts Show

Navajo Fair Arts Show

Navajo Sandpaintings

Navajo Sandpaintings, also called dry paintings, are called “places where the gods come and go” in the Navajo language. They are used in curing ceremonies in which the gods’ help is requested for harvests and healing.

The figures in sand paintings are symbolic representations of a story in Navajo mythology. They depict objects like the sacred mountains where the gods live, or legendary visions, or they illustrate dances or chants performed in rituals.

Sandpaintings are but one rite in a ceremonial. From the distinct set of paintings that belong to a specific chant, the chanter selects those that will best heal the patient, never using the entire repertoire of paintings on a single occasion.

In the two-night form of a chant, one sandpainting is made, while the last four days of a nine-night ceremonial would have sandpaintings.

After its sanctification, the patient sits on the painting while the chanter performs a ritual to enhance the absorption of its healing power. Immediately afterward, the remains of the painting are taken outside to an area north of the hogan, where they are returned to the earth.


According to Navajo belief, a sandpainting heals because the ritual image attracts and exalts the Holy People; serves as a pathway for the mutual exchange of illness and the healing power of the Holy People; identifies the patient with the Holy People it depicts; and creates a ritual reality in which the patient and the supernatural dramatically interact, reestablishing the patient’s correct relationship with the world of the Holy People ( GriffinPierce 1992:43).

For the Navajo, the sandpainting is a dynamic, living, sacred entity that enables the patient to transform his or her mental and physical state by focusing on the powerful mythic symbols that re-create the chantway odyssey of the storys protagonist, causing those events to live again in the present.

The performative power of sandpainting creation and ritual use reestablish the proper, orderly placement of the forces of life, thus restoring correct relations between the patient and those forces upon which the patient’s spiritual and physical health depend. The sandpainting works its healing power by reestablishing the patient’s sense of connectedness to all of life ( Griffin-Pierce 1991:66).


A description of the four great pictures drawn in “The Mountain Chant” ceremonies has been deferred until all might be described together. Their relations to one another rendered this the most desirable course to pursue. The preparation of the ground and of the colors, the application of the sacred pollen, and some other matters have been already considered.


First Picture. The picture of the first day (Plate XV) is said to represent the visit of Dsilyi‘ Neyáni to the home of the snakes at Qo¢estsò.

In the center of the picture was a circular concavity, about six inches in diameter, intended to represent water, presumably the house of water mentioned in the myth. In all the other pictures where water was represented a small bowl was actually sunk in the ground and filled with water, which water was afterwards sprinkled with powdered charcoal to give the impression of a flat, dry surface.

Why the bowl of water was omitted in this picture I do not know, but a medicine man of a different fraternity from that of the one who drew the picture informed me that with men of his school the bowl filled with water was used in the snake picture as well as in the others.

Closely surrounding this central depression are four parallelograms about four inches by ten inches in the original pictures. The half nearer the center is red; the outer half is blue; they are bordered with narrow lines of white. The same figures are repeated in other paintings.

Second Dry Painting - Sandpainting

The Second Picture is said to be a representation of the painting, which the prophet saw in the home of the bears in the Carrizo Mountains (paragraph 40). In the center of this figure is the bowl of water covered with black powder, to which I referred before. The edge of the bowl is adorned with sunbeams, and external to it are the four ca‘bitlol, or sunbeam rafts, on which seem to stand four gods, or yays.

Third Dry Painting - Sandpainting

The Third Picture commemorates the visit of Dsilyi‘ Neyáni to Çaçò‘-behogan, or “Lodge of Dew” (paragraph 56). To indicate the great height of the Bitsès-ninéz the figures are twice the length of any in the other pictures, except the rainbows, and each is clothed in four garments, one above the other, for no one garment, they say, can be made long enough to cover such giant forms.

Their heads all point to the east, instead of pointing in different directions, as in the other pictures. The Navajo relate, as already told (paragraph 56), that this is in obedience to a divine mandate; but probably there is a more practical reason, which is this: if they had the cruciform arrangement there would not be room on, the floor of the lodge for the figures and at the same time for the shaman, assistants, and spectators.

Economy of space is essential; but, although drawn nearly parallel to one another, the proper order of the cardinal points is not lost sight of. The form immediately north of the center of the picture is done first, in white, and represents the east. That immediately next to it on the south comes second in order, is painted in blue, and represents the south.

The one next below that is in yellow, and depicts the goddess who stood in the west of the House of Dew-Drops. The figure in the extreme north is drawn last of all, in black, and belongs to the north. As I have stated before, these bodies are first made naked and afterwards clothed.

The exposed chests, arms, and thighs display the colors of which the entire bodies were originally composed. The glòï (weasel, Putorius) is sacred to these goddesses. Two of these creatures are shown in the east, guarding the entrance to the lodge.

Fourth Dry Painting - Sandpainting

The Fourth Picture represents the kátso-yisçàn, or great plumed arrows. These arrows are the especial great mystery, the potent healing charm of this dance. The picture is supposed to be a fac simile of a representation of these weapons, shown to the prophet when he visited the abode of the Tsilkè-¢igini, or young men gods, where he first saw the arrows .

There are eight arrows. Four are in the center, lying parallel to one another—two pointing east and two others, alternate, pointing west. The picture is bordered by the other four, which have the same relative positions and directions as the bounding serpents in the first picture. The shafts are all of the same white tint, no attention being paid to the colors of the cardinal points; yet in drawing and erasing the picture the cardinal points are duly honored.

Among the central arrows, the second from the top, or north margin of the design, is that of the east; it is drawn and erased first. The next below it is the arrow of the south; the third is that of the west. The one on top belongs to the north; it is drawn and erased last.

The heads are painted red to represent the red stone points used; the fringed margins show the irregularities of their edges. The plumes at the butt are indicated, as are also the strings by which the plumes are tied on and the notches to receive the bowstring.