The Culture of the Navajo Indians
ANT 101 Cultural Anthropology
May 13, 2013
The Navajo Indians is the largest tribe in North America, Where are they today in modern times? They were originally a foraging society, meaning that they were hunters and gatherers. When the Navajo came into contact with the Pueblo people they learned farming and herding techniques from them, which changed them into a Pastoralist society. The Pueblo people even gave them the name “Navajo”. “The name “Navajo" is a Spanish adaptation of the Tewa Pueblo word navahu’u, meaning "farm fields in the valley." An early Spanish chronicler referred to the Navajo as Apaches de Nabajó ("Apaches who farm in the valley"), which was eventually shortened to "Navajo." (Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, 2011). Another name of the Navajo people is Dine which means the people because they all are considered one. “The Navajos, a semi-nomadic from the 16th to 20th century hail from the south western United States and are considered the largest federally recognized tribe in the U.S(Linford 2000)”. The Navajo Indians still has the desire to maintain their heritage and original identity in today’s modern times.
The Navajo is said to be the largest Indian tribe in North America, occupying the Southwest regions known to as the four corners, this is where the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado meet. In previous years they were in the location of what now is called New Mexico. They were in confrontation with the Spanish people. After the civil war ended many of them were starving and was homeless, the officials sent them to a concentration camp. After being in the imprisonment for 4 years from the officials at the camp they were set free in 1868, they then returned back to a place they called home. In the return they tried to rebuild the village as it was before the war. The Navajo culture is distinct and unique among other American Indian tribes....