Dinè Bingo History and Tradition

Dinè Bingo is an excellent way to have fun while building Navajo Language vocabulary and expanding cultural knowledge.

Dine Bingo History Card

Dine Bingo History Card

Each game set includes 15, 8.5″ x 11″ playing cards, enough for 15 students to play at one time. Printed on heavy cardstock and laminated.

Each game introduces 50 vocabulary words. Also included are sturdy hardboard tokens, master word chart, tray, and instructions, all stored in a durable box.

Dine Bingo History Vocabulary list

Dine Bingo History Vocabulary list

Dinè Bingo History and Tradition includes the following Navajo vocabulary words: abalone, bear, “Bitter Water” Clan, black, black ant, blue, Changing Woman, cornpollen, coyote, eagle feather, east, First Man, First Woman, First World, First World insects, Fourth World, “He Walks Around You” Clan, hogan, jet, lizard, locust, medicine bundle, mountain lion, “Mud People” Clan, Navajo Twins (names), north, porcupine, puberty ceremony, rabbit, red ant, rug, sand painting, sash belt, Second World, Second World birds, shoe game, skunk, south, stars, sweathouse, Third World, “Towering House” Clan, turkey, turquoise, wedding basket, west, white, white shell, yellow, yellow ant.

Bingo Place Card

Bingo Place Card

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Price $12.00 USD

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Navajo Nation Fair History

The Navajo Nation Fair

The Navajo Nation Fair 

Your Cultural Connection

By Roberta John

WINDOW ROCK, AZ. – Whispering canyon walls….towering rock formations….picturesque mountains….relaxing lakes and rivers….crisp clear blue skies….wide open spaces….the earthly scent of cedar, sage and juniper after a light sprinkle of mother rain….this is Navajoland….a myriad of awesome scenery and where freedom reigns supreme.

Every year more than two million people from throughout the world take a sabbatical to see Mother Nature’s timeless creation here within the four sacred mountains of the Navajo Nation.

Most domestic visitors come from Arizona, California and Texas while international visitors primarily come from Germany, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and Canada.  Interestingly, many tourists come back for a second visit.

However, the treasure and true beauty of the Navajo Nation are the Navajo people and their unique heritage.  And the ultimate reward is having a conversation with a Navajo who can enrich your knowledge of the Dine’ – the People.

To liven up your pace and if you desire to feed your inner soul….make a cultural connection and get a taste of Navajo culture this September.

Mark your calendar and embrace some old west nostalgia and rustic charm….Navajo style.

Come and experience the premier social event of the year and celebrate the vibrant spirit of the Navajo people at the Navajo Nation Fair, which is “The Largest American Indian Fair in North America.”

This coveted and prestigious celebration is also known as the Grand Daddy of all Tribal Fairs and for that matter all American Indian festivals in the country.

The week-long colorful event showcases the legacy and hallmark of the Navajo people.  It is a fashionable ensemble of Navajo authenticity accentuated with a little chic.  See a visual symphony of elegant art, sizzling indigenous Navajo cuisine, traditional Navajo attire, perfectly poised beautiful Navajo queens, mesmerizing Navajo entertainers, soul-soothing music, a traditional Navajo song and dance and top caliber Indian rodeo competition.

There’s no shortage of fun….just a wealth of options and a silhouette of artistic Navajo beauty.

Nestled in northeast Arizona, the Navajo Nation Fair will be held on September 1-7, 2014 in the Navajo Nation capital.  The theme for the68th Annual Navajo Nation Fair is “Promoting Family Values Through Culture and Tradition.”

Literally thousands of people from throughout the world get enthralled with a cascade of excitement and prepare for the Navajo Nation Fair…whether it’s to be there just to enjoy the fair or to participate in one of many events.

Back in the day, the Navajo Nation Fair began as a small gathering.

Unbeknownst to many, the very first Navajo Nation Fair was the brainchild of a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) employee, according to Historian Martin Link.

“The Assistant to the BIA General Superintendent John McPhee came up with the idea of a Navajo Fair as an opportunity for Navajos to gather together for a couple of days to socialize, compare each other’s harvest, have something positive and enjoyable to do rather than just dealing with the Depression, stock reduction, unemployment and having their kids hauled off to boarding school,” Link explained.  “He and other BIA workers assembled a kind of crude fairgrounds just southeast of Window Rock and invited everyone to the party.   Surprisingly enough, a lot of Navajos came and seemed to enjoy it.”

The Navajo Nation Fair was held under the supervision of the BIA in 1937-1941.  Link said in the late fall and early summer of 1937-38, McPhee was authorized to recruit a number of Navajos into the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to create a fairground.  Some abandoned buildings from a former Crystal CCC camp was disassembled to build exhibit halls, offices and living quarters at the fairgrounds. Link said the only building that still exists from this effort was the CCC Mess Hall, which has served as an exhibit hall, Arts and Crafts Guild and tribal museum.

Link said on September 15, 1938, the Navajo Tribal Council passed a resolution which stated, “The Navajo Tribal Council recognizes the educational benefits accruing to the tribe through the exhibits and demonstrations to be held in connection with the Navajo Tribal Fair and the Navajo Tribal Council believes this fair will encourage friendly competition between the members of the tribe to better their economic status and will stimulate a greater interest in livestock improvement and management, and finally the Navajo Tribal Council believes that this fair will assist in creating a better understanding of government and Navajo problems and that it will promote inter-tribal relations.”  The resolution was signed by Navajo Chairman Henry Taliman.

The very first Navajo Fair did not have much funds, but organizers did have such events as a chicken pull, Indian rodeo, horse racing and foot races.  The grandstand, which still stands today, was built in 1938.  The very first Miss Navajo contest was held in 1957 – the first queen was Emmo Louise Anderson.  The Sports Center, formerly called the Civic Center was built in 1958.  It was initially built as an exhibit hall for the fair.

The Navajo fairs were held under the BIA supervision from 1937-41 then it was discontinued during World War II.  It began again in 1946 under the direction of McPhee.  In 1952, the BIA turned over the fairgrounds area to the Navajo Nation, formerly called Navajo Tribe.  That year, Peter Yazza served as the first Chairman of the Navajo Fair Commission.

Link noted McPhee worked for the tribal chairman and still assisted along with a Hopi named Victor Sakiestewa who was hired as the fairgrounds superintendent.

Moving forward, the Navajo Nation Fair attracts people from all parts of the world including tribes from the U.S. and Canada.  Fair organizers try to incorporate echoes of early Navajo history and modern-day events and activities such as a fry bread contest to wild horse racing to a parade filled with pageantry.

To complete your unfinished symphony and to add a hint of sparkle to your year of adventure, create your own Navajo cultural memoir this September.

For more information about the Navajo Nation Fair, call the Special Events Office at (928) 871-6478 or log onto their website at www.navajonationfair.com

Navajo Knowledge Bowl 2014

19th Annual Navajo Knowledge Bowl

Central Consolidated School District’s Navajo Knowledge Bowl, was held May 6, 2014 in Shiprock, New Mexico.

Navajo Knowledge Bowl Singers

Navajo Knowledge Bowl Singers

Students competed in Navajo writing and speaking; Navajo individual, duet, and group singing; Navajo spelling, and Navajo history and culture.

Navajo Knowledge Bowl Spelling Bee Winners

 Navajo Knowledge Bowl Spelling Bee Winners Juwan Sandman – NHS, Raelyn Bedah – SHS, and Kameron Cayaditto – CMS



Navajo Singing Solo Nichelle Yazzie -SJHS Raelyn Bedah-SHS Vanessa Listner -SHS Jerrick Jumbo-SHS
Navajo Singing Duet Rametin Holiday/Nichelle YazzieSJHS Rainelle Bahe/Lashanna Descheny-RPCS Merilyn Werito/Cicilly WeritoTYGHS Monieque Hunter/Tarrence Woody-RPCS
Navajo Singing Group SJHS #72 Cuba High School Rock Point Cuba Middle School #75
Navajo Reading Novice Antawn Toledo-CHS Nicolas Norberto-CHS Arlena Chee-SHS Jessica Brown-KCHS
Navajo Reading Intermediate Daniel Manuelito-NHS Morgan Yabeny- SHS Brianna Bigman-BHS Kody Goldtooth-KCHS
Navajo Reading Advanced Rookie Hoskie – SHS Kendall Harvey- BHS Kody Goldtooth-KCHS Autumn Yazzie-TBA
Navajo Speaking Courtney Castillo-CHS Tiffany Spencer-CHS Sam Wood- SHS Shernell Bitsinnie-SJHS
Navajo Spelling Bee Juwan Sandman – NHS Raelyn Bedah – SHS Kameron Cayaditto – CMS Nolan Nakai – TYGHS
Navajo Knowledge Bowl NHSDesiree Lapahie 12thDaniel Manuelito 12thAutumn Brown 12th

Raeanna Begay 12th

Alden Thomas 11th -(Alt)

KCHSAdam Natonobah 12thRandall Canyon 11thVernette Nez 11th

Jadara Dodge 10th

Desiree Dan 11th -(Alt)

Yse Yi Gai High SchoolLane Tsosie 11thChristopher Daukai 10thLavendar Sandoval 11th

Jeremiah Woody 9th

Alexandria Toledo 10th (Alt)

Cuba High SchoolHenrena Montoya 11thAustin Toledo 11thTimothy Albert 11th

Amber Toledo 12th

Navajo Writing & Speaking – Joke Telling & Short Story Lynia BlueEyes-KCHS Kayla Jim-KCHS Bryant James-SJHS
Navajo Writing & Speaking – Historical Essay Tiffani Spenser-CHS Amanda King-KCHS Nizhoni Harrison-TYGHS Shinona Betone-TYGHS
Navajo Writing & Speaking – Personal Narrative Sam Wood- SHS Courtney Castillo-CHS Shania Martinez-TYGHS Rookie Hoskie-SHS
Navajo Writing & Speaking – Creative Writing Kenaba Hatathlie-KCHS Patrick Jim-NHS Jace Wauneka Curley-KCHS
Navajo Writing & Speaking – Factual Information Andreana Augustine-CHS Lynn Fauntlery-KCHS
Navajo Writing & Speaking – Persuasive Presentation Kelsey Sandoval-CHS Terrill Domingo-CHS
Navajo Writing & Speaking – Expository Information Sasha Antonio-TYGHS Desiree Lapahie- NHS



Harry Walters – Navajo Historian (Video)

Harry Walters is an archaeologist, teacher and was the Diné College historical museum director.

Much of his life’s work and is going to preserve the Navajo Culture.

Source: Tom Grier’s YouTube Channel – Navajo Oral History Project

One of his greatest achievements was the creation of the Navajo Community College
Historical Museum. He also created the artefacts collection, audio visual and education program.
Harry also helped design the curriculum for the center of Diné studies.

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 2009.

It contains stories Harry Walters of Cove, Arizona, told the students during several hours of interviews about his life.

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


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Navajo Shoe Game Featured at Balloon Event

Navajo Shoe Game Featured at the  Third Annual Monument Valley Hot Air Balloon Event

Monument Valley Hot Air Balloon Event Navajo Shoe Game

Winter on the Navajo Nation is a time when healing through laughter begins.
In fact, it is also a time to listen and learn about the emergence of the Navajo people. Winter is when many traditional oral Navajo stories are told that embody the spirit and wisdom of various animals and birds. According to traditional Navajo elders, animals and birds played a very significant role in early Navajo history and still do today.
It is said that animals such as the coyote, bear and owl were put upon Mother Earth to educate, heal and provide guidance for the Navajo people. Navajo legend says that in early Navajo history, animals and birds communicated with each other.

And virtually every animal and bird has a purpose and role in traditional Navajo culture.
Traditional Navajo elders note that similar to human beings, the animals and birds in early Navajo history began to disagree with each other. One point of discussion was whether or not it should always be day or night. Hence, the animals and birds decided to play a game to determine which it would be. It is said that neither the day or night creatures won; therefore, we now have day and night.
Today, that game is still played during the winter season and is it called a traditional Navajo shoe game, which continues to have lot of spiritual significance. In fact, many of the Navajo shoe game songs that are sung today are the same songs that specific animals and birds sung during the original shoe game that was first held in the beginning of time.
Depending on what part of the reservation it is held, each Navajo shoe game may differ. However, laughter is a central part of all Navajo shoe games. Moreover, there are various traditional Navajo stories that talk about humor and how it helps to heal the sick.
The Navajo shoe game was initially called a moccasin game and held in conjunction with a specific ceremony such as a five-day Evil Way Ceremony. Over time, it has slowly changed through the years. Case in point, most people today use cowboy boots or shoes in place of moccasins. What continues is the use of a yucca ball and 102 yucca stems.
Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department Director Martin L. Begaye said, “We’re very excited that a traditional Navajo shoe game will be added to the Third Annual Monument Valley Balloon Event. This is a traditional Navajo social game that is very popular among the Navajo people especially our Navajo elders. It is very important that the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department work closely with the Navajo people and receive their support and participation on such activities as this great annual event.”
The Third Annual Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Hot Air Balloon Event will be held on January 11-13, 2013 at Monument Valley.
Begay added, “This is the only hot air balloon event in the world that will include a traditional Navajo shoe game. The event will have a little bit of everything for people of all ages.”
Other events that are being held in conjunction with the annual hot air balloon event is an art and writing contest for the youth and an array of prizes that will be awarded. The deadline for the writing and art contest is December 14, 2013. The annual event will also feature 20 hot air balloon pilots from throughout the country and a hot air balloon night glow.
You can obtain additional information at www.navajonationparks.org

Media Contact: Roberta John
Senior Economic Development Specialist
Navajo Nation Parks & Recreation Department
(928) 871-6647
Email: bobbie@navajonationparks.org
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