Posts tagged: Navaho
Navajo Song and Dance competition during the 66th Annual Navajo Nation Fair in Window Rock, Arizona.
‘Ach’íí’ (ach-EE) is a Navajo delicacy made from sheep gut, in which a length of the small intestine is wrapped around a section of colon and fat. It’s made immediately after a sheep is butchered and then roasted over an open fire until it’s nice and crunchy.
There was some controversy surrounding the sale of ‘Ach’íí’, primarily because the U.S. Department of Agriculture did not consider it “food” and therefore could not be sold to the public. This forced some businesses that slaughter sheep for mutton to dispose the majority of the sheep after slaughter. But some businesses like Sweetmeat Inc. in Waterflow, N.M did not agree with the USDA. They worked closely with federal inspectors on their processing techniques, to ensure they used high standards of quality control in preparing ‘Ach’íí’ for public sale. After months of negotiations with the USDA, Sweetmeat Inc. was granted to sell ‘Ach’íí’ under the USDA’s “specialty meat items” stamp in 2007.
Now ‘Ach’íí’ can be sold to the public. A very tasty traditional food of the Dineh!
Two Navajo women talk to each other during a Gourd Dance in Gallup, New Mexico. During a Gourd Dance, The women participate by dancing in a place behind their male counterparts and outside the perimeter formed by the men.
سرخپوستان ایالات متحده آمریکا
A recent High School graduate contemplates her future as she receives a lecture from her Navajo family about what she is going to do with her life after High School.
Jason Brock and other members of OccupyWalkUSA proclaim their solidarity with the Navajo who oppose SB2109 in Fort Defiance chapter’s water settlement forum on April 26th, 2011. After the official conclusion of the public forum, members of the public who felt they were not given a chance to voice their sentiments were granted the microphone.
Navajo children waiting for candy during the Sept. 30th 2011 Window Rock Fighting Scouts Homecoming Parade in Ft. Defiance, AZ.
A Navajo Gold Star family receiving the strength and warmth of the ceremonial torch as they remember their lost one during the 9th annual Navajo-Hopi Honor Run’s torch ceremony. The ceremonial torch is from “Carry the Flame Across America,” a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the honor and memory of Veterans.
Related Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51PH6xX0rAI
Former Miss Navajo Nation, Winifred Jumbo, speaks to a Navajo girl about her life’s ambitions during the 65th Annual Navajo Nation Fair in Window Rock, AZ.
The Navajo Shoe Game, Keshjee’, is centuries old and is not a “game.” This sacred Navajo ceremony tells and shows the story of how the cycle of day and night came to be.
Long ago, in ancient days, the night creatures and the day creatures did not understand the importance of the cycles of the universe. Each group wanted it to be either day or night all the time. A contest was held to see which group had the most power and this was the first Shoe Game.
The two teams played through the night, trying to guess in which of four shoes the ball made of yucca root was hidden. As the game went on each team would gain or lose 102 yucca stems. At sunrise there was no winner and the animals had learned that all seasons and cycles are part of the grand plan.
Késhjéé’, as a lattice of choices, represents life and the fact that the natural order of things cannot be changed. Not every choice can be correct, but the lessons are learned and experience is gained. Neither lying or cheating can change the outcome and the payment of a fee of yucca stems is still required.