Louva Dahozy – Navajo Broadcaster

Navajo Oral 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 2015. It contains stories Louva Dahozy of Fort Defiance, Arizona, told the students during several hours of interviews about her life.

Louva conducted most of her interview in the Navajo language, English subtitles are provided.

This documentary film is archived at the Navajo Nation Museum, Navajo Nation Library, Winona State University Library, and Diné College Library, and will be archived at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.

The film is part of the Navajo Oral History project, a multi-year collaboration between the Winona State University Mass Communication Department and Diné College – The official Tribal College of the Navajo Nation

Louva Dahozy - Navajo Broadcaster

Photos by Tom Grier,  Winona State University

In 1994, the  University of Arizona College of Agriculture awarded Louva McCabe Dahozy its Lifetime Award.

Louva McCabe Dahozy has blended her interest in helping others with her Navajo religious and cultural values. She was born of the Haskaahaszoi clan and for the Kinyaanii clan. In 1994, the College of Agriculture awarded her its Lifetime Award.

While living in Parker, she worked with Cooperative Extension, assisting local communities in home economics.

When Louva returned to the Navajo reservation, she organized 4-H clubs, teaching hundreds about livestock, home economics, and cultural awareness. She established the first Navajo Homemakers radio program, which was broadcast in the Navajo language on eight stations for ten years.

Louva, with help from Cooperative Extension, helped begin the North America Indian Women’s Association; she was elected first national chairwoman. This group directly sought funding from Congress to help solve local problems.

In addition, Louva was a founder of the National Indian Council on Aging and helped organize Navajo Nation Council on Aging. She developed the first Navajo Illustrated Cookbook, using commodity and native foods. She was the motivating force behind a native foods analysis that proved they had a high nutritional value.

Asked about her lifelong work, Louva says, “I wanted to provide education for Navajo people, education that includes traditional and modern ways so that people might have better home

Source: University of Arizona College of Agriculture

Louva Dahozy in Kitchen


  1. Laverne James says

    Hello Louva, My name is Laverne James I am from Coyote Canyon Louva I just love your first Navajo Illustrated Cookbook using community food when I was a little girl I use to always look through you cook book. I am working for at Mexican Springs Food Distribution Program and I love my job in educating the grandparents in nutrition all about commodity food and I want to continue to educate my people with commodity food. Louva where or how can I get a hold of one of your Navajo Cookbook or I can purchase one. Louva you are my inspiration and I have been with food service for more than 20 years. Thank you,