The Legend of the Navajo Hero Twins

Book Review of 

The Legend of the Navajo Hero Twins

by Don Mose, Jr.
Illustrated by Charles Yanito

gend of the Navajo Hero Twins cover

Naayéé’neizghání (Slayer of Monsters) and Tóbájíshchíní (Born for Water) are the Navajo Hero Twins.

Lavishly illustrated with the world-class artwork of Charles Yanito. (37  illustrations)

Experience the Journey!

Read about the epic journey of the Navajo Hero Twins, the traditional narrative that parallels the journey of life and defines the foundation of Navajo culture.The book covers:

Raising the Twins
Spider Woman Prepares the Twins
Journey to the Father on the Holy Trail
Sun Bearer Challenges the Twins
The Sweat Lodge
The Weapons
The Sacred Mountains
Holy Beings Teach the Twins
The Twins Kill the Monsters

… and many other topics.

Don Mose Jr
Don Mose, Jr., traditional storytellerDon Mose, Jr. is a member of the Diné Nation, originally from the small reservation community of pinon, Arizona. Storylling has always been an important part of Don,s life. As a boy, Don listened to his Grandfather and his Aunt as they related the timeless history and narratives of the Diné. Don has commjtted his life’s work to sharing these traditional stories with the younger generations. ln his quest to keep the flames of Diné culture alive, Don has been inspired by the traditional people of the far north, the Athabascan relatives he met on his journeys to Siberia and the Yukon. lt is Don’s desire that these stories be used to help students.
Charles Yanito artist and illustrator
Charles Yanito artist and illustratorCharles Yanito was born in Bluff, Utah to the Tl’ash chii and the Toh dich’iinih clans. He attended the lnstitute of American lndian Arts and holds degrees from the College of Eastern Utah and Utah State University. He has exhibited his works in numerous galleries and regional art festivals. His illushations can be seen in many San Juan Schools Heritage Language Resource Centor publlcaflons, Currenfly, Charles resides in Bear, Delaware with his famlly.

Navajo Old Age Illustration by Charles Yanit

The twins were on their way, together again. As they reached the foot of the mountain, they saw
an old woman. She walked slowly towards them, leaning on her cane. Everything her was old, her wrinkled face, her thin arms, her bent back. She looked so tired, and she even spoke slowly, with a quaver in her voice. “So, you are the warrior boys. Whst brings you to Dibe Nitsaa?”

Navajo Old Age Illustration by Charles Yanit 

Book measures 8.5 “ x 11”

Spiral Bound for easy reading 

Initial introductory printing — soft cover — $35.00 

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

Posters from the book

The posters are Available in 2 sizes:
17” x 22” – $7.00 each or $25.00 for the 4 poster set
11” x 14” – $3.00 each or $10.00 for the 4 poster set

The Holy Beings Teach the Navajo Twins Poster

The Holy Beings Teach the Navajo Twins Poster

The Navajo Hero Twins Receive Their Weapons

Navajo Winter Storytelling Poster
Recounting the Journeys of the Navajo Hero Twins

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  1. Francine Yazzie says

    I love my culture…

  2. Wilbur Spencer says

    The legends of the twins differ, depending where it is told. The Pueblos, Laguna, and Acoma to my knowledge have the same stories, not to say which is wrong and who is right, seeing that some of the Dine clans come from these tribes. I’m sittin here observing the illustrations, there are several things wrong with it, and thats so common among the Dine People, and created alot of ‘mis interpretations’ of who some of these holy ones were. Changing Woman as she was came to be known, and Talking God were NOT in human form, they were of the ‘spirit being’, it’s a long story. The illustrations, show the twins as humans too, they too, were NOT of human form, but as spirits, red shash, are NOT worn by Dine men, for they do NOT bare children, again a long story, bracelets, conchos, are in significant of the world around us, just as they were among the spirit people, just thot I share that with readers. Best information you can get are from the very few elders that still have some of these stories, and I do mean a very few, most of the Dineh people have wondered away from their ‘traditions’ and taken to western culture. Pow wows, and song and dance, Native American church, is NOT Dineh traditon but we assume it is. funni but true.

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