Possessions – Navajo Language Lesson

Possessions - Navajo Language Lesson
We have many things.
My mother has many sheep,  and goats, and her hogan, and the things, of the hogan, and me.

My father has many horses.
On his land he has many horses.
He has a wagon near the horse corral.

Inside my mother’s hogan my father keeps his gun, and outside he hangs hissheepskin and his saddle and his blanket.

And I have my mother and my father, three baby lambs and a cat with a long tail.
Behind my mother’s hogan is Beautiful Mountain.

It is mine, I know, because always it is looking at me to make me happy.
We have many things. All of us have many things.

We have many things. My mother has many sheep and goats and her hogan and the things of the hogan and me.

 Source : “Little Herder ” by Ann Clark 1940

Illustrated by:
Hoke Denetsosie
Linguistics by:
John P. Harrington
Robert W. Young

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Morning – Little Herder Story

Morning, from Little Herder in Spring


Morning - Little Herder Story

This morning, when I crawled from under my blanket, when I stood before my mother’s hogan door outside looked as if it had been crying. The sky was hanging heavy with gray tears.

I stood at the door of my mother’s hogan and looked out at the gray, sad morning. My father came. He stood beside us. He spoke in o happy way and to my mother.

Then the gray tears on the sky’s face melted. The clouds pushed away and the sun smiled through them.

Now it is gray again, but I cannot forget that when my father spoke the sun came and looked down upon us.