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The Navajo Nation band marches toward the Navajo Capital in Window Rock, AZ during the 2011 Veteran’s Day Holiday.
Нава́хо нава́хи нация навахо дене дине Индейцы навахо индеец
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
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.
A young Navajo boy introduces himself traditionally for the 2011-2012 Tse’hootsooi Dine’ Bi’olta’ Bitséłke Yázhí [Young Warrior] competition in Fort Defiance, Arizona. Tséhootsooí Diné Bi’ólta’ is a Navajo Language Immersion School. The main goal of the Tséhootsooí Diné Bi’ólta’ is to revitalize and maintain the Diné language among school age children within the communities of the Window Rock Unified School District in northeastern Arizona.