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Navajo Indians

    Table of contents
    1. 1. Summary
    2. 2. Location
    3. 3. Language
    4. 4. In Arizona and New Mexico there are 120,000 people who speak the Navajo language. Their letters have accents and their language is much like the apache language. Their language is completely non-related to the American language. In 1849 people just found the type of writhing they used. From 1939 to 1940 they finished the new language of the Navajo. Not every Navajo Indian used writing to communicate because not everyone knew how to write. The language is in the dictionary and in some children books. They have four basic vowels and they area, e, i, and o.
    5. 5. Food
    6. 6. For fats the Navajos ate intestine with mutton fat, sheep brain, mutton fat, sheep head, goat milk, pinyon nuts, blood sausage, fried bread, and ribs, for sweets; sugar and corn bread, meats and others; antelope meat, sheep feet, squirrel, mutton, tamale, prairie dog, tongue, sheep head, beef, donkey, horsemeat, liver, rabbit,and wild turkey, fruits; watermelon, peaches, cantaloupe, wild berries, yucca fruit, and apples, for grains, beans, & starchy vegetables; piki bread, tortillas, corn meal, corn cake, tamale, kneel down bread, fried bread, popcorn, dumplings, roasted corn, blue bread, Navajo creamer, chokecherry paddies, and mutton stew (corn & potatoes), for vegetables; parsley, wild onions, wild spinach, rhubarb, squash, mutton stew (carrots), and roots, and for milk they ate, goat milk, and goat milk cottage cheese. In the old times, Navajos considered eating fish or fowl taboo due to their religious beliefs and they still do today.
    7. 7. Questions
    8. 8. Reaction
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    Summary

    This story is about how on the morning of the twelfth day the navajo people washed themselves with cornmeal known as ablutions. ( cleansing the body as part of a religious rite) The people called four times and then the gods appeared. The Gods brought two buckskins, two ears of corn one white and one yellow, and two fethers one of a yellow eagle and one of a white eagle. The gods put the buckskin down first with its head facing the west and then they put the two ears of corn on the buckskin with their tips to the east and then they put the other buckskin on top with its head facing the east. The two feathers were also placed with the corn and buckskins. After the people did a ceremonial dance around the presentation, the wind blew and appeared a man and a women who which the wind created.

    Location

               

    The Navajo Reservation, which covers over 27,000 square miles of territory, is located between Utah Arizona and New Mexico.  It is currently the largest Native American Nation in the USA.           

    Language

    In Arizona and New Mexico there are 120,000 people who speak the Navajo language. Their letters have accents and their language is much like the apache language. Their language is completely non-related to the American language. In 1849 people just found the type of writhing they used. From 1939 to 1940 they finished the new language of the Navajo. Not every Navajo Indian used writing to communicate because not everyone knew how to write. The language is in the dictionary and in some children books. They have four basic vowels and they area, e, i, and o.

    Food

    For fats the Navajos ate intestine with mutton fat, sheep brain, mutton fat, sheep head, goat milk, pinyon nuts, blood sausage, fried bread, and ribs, for sweets; sugar and corn bread, meats and others; antelope meat, sheep feet, squirrel, mutton, tamale, prairie dog, tongue, sheep head, beef, donkey, horsemeat, liver, rabbit,and wild turkey, fruits; watermelon, peaches, cantaloupe, wild berries, yucca fruit, and apples, for grains, beans, & starchy vegetables; piki bread, tortillas, corn meal, corn cake, tamale, kneel down bread, fried bread, popcorn, dumplings, roasted corn, blue bread, Navajo creamer, chokecherry paddies, and mutton stew (corn & potatoes), for vegetables; parsley, wild onions, wild spinach, rhubarb, squash, mutton stew (carrots), and roots, and for milk they ate, goat milk, and goat milk cottage cheese. In the old times, Navajos considered eating fish or fowl taboo due to their religious beliefs and they still do today.

    Questions

               

    4. Identify the stages of the Navajo creation ceremony. (B) What do the order and ritual of the ceremony tell you about the Navajo poeple?                                                                                                                                

      - a.)In the first stage, the people cleanse themselves with cornmeat. Next, they call to the four gods. The gods come to place down buckskins, corn, and eagle feathers. Then, the wind blows around the buckskins. Finally, two humans come out of the skins.                                                                                                                       

      - b.) The order and ritual of the ceremony tell me that the Navajo people kept things organized and in order.

    5. What is the wind's role in the ceremony? (B) How does the wind's role contrast with the order and ritual of the ceremony?                                                                                                                                                      

     - a.) The wind brings the people to life.                                                                                                                 

    - b.) The wind goes in every direction, not in an orderly way.

    6. In what ways do the two tales differ in their attitude toward nature? (B) With which attitude do you most identify? Why?                                                                                                                                                      

     - a.) Nature is used through most of the ritual, in the form of corn, buckskins, feathers, and wind.

    - b.) I don't identify with this attitude because nature is used more than appreciated

    Reaction

    Most of the groups reaction to this story was that this could most likely not happen. it was a well writen story that was entertaining but in real life this isnt what we think happened to create man.

                  

                  

                  

                  

                  

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