Navajo (Diné)

The Navajo Nation encompasses land in Utah, Arizona and New Mexico with a population of more than 250,000. For the Navajo this is a holy land guarded by four sacred mountains, one standing at each of the four cardinal directions.Like the Apache, the Navajo are descended from Athabascan groups that migrated from Canada and Alaska, reaching the Southwest something around 1400 A.D. By 1700 the Navajo were well established in the region, where they hunted and raised crops and livestock, becoming one of the most powerful and populous groups in the Southwest. After years of resistance, they were defeated by the American Army in the early 1860s,and in 1864over 8,000 Navajo people were forced to live at Fort Sumner, New Mexico. In 1868, they signed a treaty with the American government and were allowed to return to their homeland.The Navajo raised sheep and became highly skilled weavers, an art they had learned from Pueblo neighbors. Navajo weaving became a highly developed art form that is now collected around the world. Around 1850 Navajo artisans learned metalwork from Mexican blacksmiths and silversmiths, inaugurating the artistic tradition that is perhaps most closely associated with the Navajo today. Navajo artists truly refined the art of silversmithing, creating beautiful heavy pieces set with gemstones. Today, the exquisitely crafted silver jewelry produced by Navajo artists is an iconic image of the Southwest.

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  • Weaving Women's Lives
    Weaving Women's Lives - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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  • Native Peoples of the Southwest
    Native peoples of the southwest - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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  • Conversational Navajo Workbook: An Introductory Course of Non-Native Speakers
    Conversational Navajo workbook:  An Introductory Course of Non-Native Speakers - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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  • Rugs & Posts: The Story of Navajo Weaving and Indian Trading
    Rugs & Posts: The Story of Navajo Weaving and Indian Trading - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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  • Canyon Trilogy Deluxe Platinum Edition
    Canyon Trilogy Deluxe Platinum Edition - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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  • Tall Woman: The Life Story of Rose Mitchell, a Navajo Woman c. 1874-1977
    Tall Woman: The Life Story of Rose Mitchell, a Navajo Woman c. 1874-1977 - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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  • Navajo English Dictionary
    Navajo English Dictionary - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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  • Edge of America
    Edge Of America - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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  • Proud Heritage: A Celebration of Traditional American Indian Music
    Proud Heritage: A Celebration of Traditional American Indian Music - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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  • Changing Woman's Blessing
    Changing Woman's Blessing-Indian Pueblo Store
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  • Ceremony CD
    Ceremony CD - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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  • Navajo and Pueblo Earrings 1850-1945
    Navajo and Pueblo Earrings 1850-1945 - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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  • Virginia Tso Graduated Sterling Silver Bead Necklace and Earring Set
    Virginia Tso Graduated Sterling Silver Bead Necklace and Earring Set - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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  • Michelle Tsosie Sisneros Small Six Sisters Harvest Print
    Michelle Tsosie Sisneros Small Six Sisters Harvest Print - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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  • Michelle Tsosie Sisneros "Five Sisters" Print
    Michelle Tsosie Sisneros Small Five Sisters Print - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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  • Michelle Tsosie Sisneros Small Four Sisters Print
    Michelle Tsosie Sisneros Small Four Sisters Print - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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  • Michelle Tsosie Sisneros "Three Sisters" Print
    Michelle Tsosie Sisneros Small Three Sisters Prints - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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  • Michelle Tsosie Sisneros "Two Sisters" Print
    Michelle Tsosie Sisneros Small Two Sisters Prints - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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  • Michelle Tsosie Sisneros "Family Reflection" Print
    Michelle Tsosie Sisneros Small Family Reflection Print - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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  • Darryl Becenti Kingman Birds-Eye Turquoise & Silver Stamped Pin
    Darryl Becenti Kingman Birds-Eye Turquoise & Silver Stamped Pin - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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  • Sally Black Large Navajo Creation Story Basket
    Sally Black Large Navajo Creation Story Basket - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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