Research of the Navajo Culture

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Sha-de’ Thomas Navajo Culture Research Paper Anthropology 101 Professor: Megan Douglas September 16, 2012 Who are the Navajos? It has been said that they are the largest Indian tribe in North America covering 27,000 square feet miles consisting of over 200,000 people. They live in the southwest region also called the four corners. The four states that connect to one another making up the four corners consist of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. The Navajo tribe originated from Canada about 1000 A.D. When they arrived to the United States they were shown how to plant vegetables and other agriculture produce by the Pueblo Indians, which transformed them into an agrarian society. The Navajos speak a language called Athabasca which is spoken by many groups in the western. Spaniards conquered New Mexico and this when they became they developed the matrilineal society and where they received the name clans. For many years the Navajo adopted many practices and regulations from the Pueblos Indians. 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 are a matrilineal society in which they move often in search of naturally occurring pastures to feed their heard.. This culture began as large hunters and gathers until the Spanish arrived and introduced the practice of animal herding into this culture.(Harold 1994). This soon became their main source of food and trade(Linford 2000). They have formed trading parties as a part of their traditional economy. They practice spiritual rituals in which they restore balance and harmony to a person life producing good health. The Navajo believe in consulting

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