Thought you might find something interesting/useful on these sites.
Scroll down the page to find links to Navajo schools K-12. Check out the link to Teaching and Learning with Native Americans.
Navajo Creation Story Project for Children
Teach your children about Navajo Culture Amazon books:
Native American Ways of Learning: A Profile of a Navajo Teacher (pdf):
or view as HTML
Native American Lesson Plan (i.e. Navajo) for grades 3, 4 and 5
Learning about the Navajo Lesson Plan grades 3 - 5
Global Diversity through Literature Activity (integrates math, science, technology, etc.)
Cultural Diversity and Early Education: a short essay
Indian Mascots Affect More than Sports: an article
The following Pathfinder presents resources gathered to help you learn about the Navajo or Dine. The purpose of this pathfinder is to give students, teachers, and other interested individuals a comprehensive list of resources with brief annotations describing each resource.
Electronic materials add to the experience of the child learning about the Navajo. He is able to hear first hand the traditional music and tales of the past, to see the rich scenery, and to learn about the history and ways of this culture. He can learn how the Navajo often blends the traditional ways with the modern.
Although most print materials I chose are for upper elementary aged children, the Websites and other electronic resources would be appropriate for upper elementary and higher. I enjoy reading the traditional folktales of this culture and I am sure that older children and other adults would too.
I included a wide variety of items in this pathfinder that cover the early history of the ancestors of the Navajo up to the present day issues facing the Navajo today. I think I offered the researcher an opportunity to get a sense of the rich history of this culture as well as an idea as to how the Navajo live today.
I used the search engine Google to locate Websites. From there I judged their authenticity by reviewing the source and content of the site. Several sites were academic sources; others were government sources. I trusted these to be reliable. A few sites were commercial or sites by native Navajos. I reviewed these before subjectively selecting them. I found most print and CD-ROM materials listed in acceptable selection sources. I also have first hand experience with many of the books and other materials. I chose some resources on the basis of the reputation of the publisher or source.
Try these words or phrases to find more information about the Navajo in the library card catalog or by using an online search engine.
Navajo Indians�������������������������������������������� Navajo language��������������
Navajo Indians-History�������������������������������� Indians of North America
Navajo Long Walk, 1863-1867���������������������� Navajo Indians-Legends
Navajo Indians-Rites and ceremonies������������ Kinaalda� (Navajo rite)����
Navajo Indians-Religion and mythology���������� Sand paintings
Navajo Indians-Textile industry������������������� Navajo art
Navajo Indian Reservation-History��������������� Navajo children
DEWEY CLASSIFICATION NUMBERS
These Dewey classification numbers might help you with your search in the library.
970��� Navajo Indians, culture and history
940��� Navajo Code Talkers and WW II
497��� Navajo language
398��� Legends, folktales, and mythology
392��� Social customs
WWW Virtual Library - American Indians
Index of Native American Resources on the Internet
��������� This site has a wealth of information with links to almost anything you could think of having to do with Native Americans-history, education, art and music, museums, books, bibliographies, government, and links to individual native groups, including the Navajo.
Created by Pam Eck, IUPUI, 4/22/98
This site includes information about Native Americans of the southwest United States including the Navajo, Apache, Hopi, Pueblo and Zuni tribes.� Areas of interest include art, food, religion, children, vocabulary, and legends of the culture.� This would be a good site it you want to compare different groups of the southwest region.�
�Walton Feed, Inc.� Montpelier, Idaho
This site provides a wealth of information about the Navajo culture, language, ceremonies, family, modern life, language, government, homes, gardening and shepherding.� There are even traditional Navajo recipes.
�Navajo Resources, created by Stephanie Tennille, Technology Teacher. Update 6/2/03��
This site includes numerous links to Navajo cultural information including art, music, food, Navajo symbols, celebrations, famous people, folktales and legends, poetry, children�s books, and much more.
Navajo Code Talkers:� World War Two Fact Sheet; Prepared by Navy and Marine Corps WW II Commemorative Committee.
Dept. of the Navy, Naval Historical Center, Washington, D.C.
This site provides information about the Navajo Code Talkers of WW II.� It includes links to a bibliography and dictionary of the code.
Treaty of 1868 Commemoration Day���
Vincent H. Yazzie, Navajo, BS Physics������
�Vincent Yazzie provides a copy of the treaty of 1868 between the U.S. and the Navajo people.� This would be a good resource for the study of Navajo history and land disputes.
Harrison Lapahie, Jr.
Mr. Lapahie�s site includes information on Lapahie�s family genealogy, the culture and history of the Navajo, links to Navajo newspapers, and links to Internet sites of possible interest.� He provides a lot of information and an example of traditional Navajo music.��
Official Website of the Navajo Nation
The Navajo Nation�s official Website provides lists of and links to press releases for 2003, employment opportunities, links to Navajo Nation Washington Office and legislative news, and divisions such as education, health, social services, natural resources, etc.� This would be a good site to look for current news from the Navajo Nation. ���
This site includes links to information about sand painting, weaving, kachinas, potters, and other native art forms.
Betsy Tso, Traditional Navajo��
This site provides links to information on Navajo land disputes, genocide of Native Americans, Navajo-Hopi land dispute, WW II Navajo code talkers, and more.
Canyon Country Originals���
Although a commercial site, this site provides information about Navajo sand painting, textiles, healing ceremonies, and chants.
Center for Public Service, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA
This is a great site with lots of information.� It provides links to information about Navajo/Hopi history, the Reservation, Navajo culture, tips for visitors, Native American ethics, and the author�s personal experiences.
DATABASES AND REFERENCE RESOURCES
(home page- http://lore.inspire.net/)
Inspire Kids.� INCOLSA. 1998-2003
Inspire Kids is very colorful, easy to use, kid-friendly site. The search page offers three step instructions for searching. Users can search full text or citation. The default search uses keywords to search. I tried �Navajo� and received 537 matches.� You can narrow down your search. I tried Navajo medicine and received 3 matches and for Navajo schools there were 6 matches. If you click on the article�s title it takes you to a full citation and subject links for further research. Select Read and you go right to the article. You can also use Expert Search to search by keyword, author word or phrase, title, subject word or phrase, abstract, accession number, journal word or phrase, ISSN, full text, or by dates. Help page gives a good explanation of the function of each button and also explains the Searching Buttons.� Inspire Kids is for students in kindergarten through high school. Teachers, parents, and librarians could use Inspire Kids to guide/teach research skills and to help children find sources of information for their research projects. I think once they�ve been taught the skills needed for using the site even younger children will be able to use the site independently.
Ethnic NewsWatch; ProQuest Co. 2002.
��� ����� I accessed this site through my IUPUI account.� It is a full-text general database of over 200 newspapers, magazines, and journals of ethnic minority, and native press.� It provides thorough coverage of current and historic topics.� The user can look up articles by basic or advanced search, by range of dates, words in article, subject, publication name, or ethnic group.� While browsing the publications index I found Navajo Times, Navajo Nation Today, Native American Times, and Native Americas all listed.
The page provides clear directions for use.� I searched Navajo Times 1996- present for articles on education and received 470 matches.� I refined my search to elementary education 1998- present and received a more manageable number of three.� I also tried the subject of traditions in articles from 1998 to the present and received 98 matches.� It is a very user-friendly site.
��������� This CD-ROM is a common sight in schools and libraries.� It is easy to use and informative.� I typed in the search term Navajo and was given a page with an outline of articles on history, customs and religion, and contemporary life.� Related articles covering ancestors, language, classic studies, location, musical style, and the reservation were also presented.� The photos are clear and colorful.� An audio example of the Navajo Corn Grinding Song and a brief explanation was available.
The American Indian:� A Multimedia Encyclopedia.�� Facts on File, Inc.� $149.95 for individual user; $499.95 for site license for five users, $30 for each additional user beyond five.
��������� This CD-ROM is a guide through the culture and history of American Indian tribes, including the Navajo and their ancestors.� It covers major regions and families from the pre-Columbian era to the present and contains details and insight into North American folklore and religion.� Multimedia content includes audio, images, video, QuickTime, and photographs.� It is recommended for all levels from elementary to adult. ���������
��������� Children would be able to use the multimedia components to experience the sounds and images of the Navajo.� They could use this program to compare the culture of the Navajo with their own culture or with that of other native groups.
American Journey:� The Native American Experience.� Gale Group.� $199.
��������� This CD-ROM is part of a series entitled American Journey:� History in Your Hands.� It is recommended for all levels from elementary to university.� This resource focuses on Native Americans from the U.S.� It includes hyperlinks, timelines, maps, picture albums, and full-text search capabilities.� Topics include creation myths, the Indian Wars, the American Indian Movement, language, land, environment, and casino gambling.
Native Americans:� People of the Desert.� Rainbow Educational Media.� $89 for individual user; $899 for site license.
������� This CD-ROM is part of a series entitled Native Americans.� Students could use it to learn about the history, languages, cultures, and social customs of Native Americans from the southwestern desert of the U.S. and be able to compare the different cultures.� It is recommended for grades 4-8.
Navajo Corn Grinding Song
The above example of a traditional Navajo song can also be found on Encarta�s CD-ROM by Microsoft.
Mabel Burnside Meyers, a well-known Navajo weaver, recalls her education and how the children were forbidden to speak English at school.� Meyers speaks in Navajo with an English interpreter.�
Canyon Trilogy.� R. Carlos Nakai.�
Editorial review and samples of Nakai�s music are found at Amazon:
��������� Nakai is a well-respected and popular musical artist of Navajo-Ute heritage.� He has mastered the traditional flute melodies and musical forms of the native people.� This example of traditional Navajo music is available on CD or audiocassette.
Indians of North America:� The Navajo (Dine�).� San Francisco State University Audio Visual Instructional Television Center, 1993.
��������� This 28 minute, closed-captioned video is intended for middle school students.� It gives the viewer an introduction to the history and culture of the Navajo.� It includes comments from University of Las Vegas basketball player and Navajo Indian Gwynn Hobbs.
The Navajo.� Library Video Co., Wynnewood, Penn., 1993.
��� ����� This 30-minute video recounts the Navajo creation story and shows how the Navajo have evolved from hunters to farmers to shepherds.� Subjects noted are the Long Walk, the white man�s invasion of sacred land, and the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II.� The video focuses on Chinle, a community on the Navajo reservation.
Native American scholars discuss the history, myths, and stereotypes still present today.� This adds an authenticity to this video.� �Appealing visuals, informative commentary, and personable hosts make these enlightening resources.� (Booklist)���
Season of a Navajo.� PBS Home Video.
Paraphrased from http://www.amazon.com editorial review:
� ������� ��In this video you meet Chauncey and Dorothy Neboyia, grandparents to an extended family of two generations.� The Neboyias are traditional Navajo farmers and weavers.� The heritage of sacred song, ceremonies, and oral tradition are presented.� We see the traditional lifestyle of this family, their home, and fabulous photography of Arizona�s ancient native ruins and the Monument Valley.�
BOOKS AND MAGAZINES
Bonvillain, Nancy.� The Navajos:� People of the Southwest.� Conn.:� Millbrook Press, 1995.
�� ������ ��This book covers a variety of subjects ranging from the Navajo ancestors from Canada to the Navajo today.� The history of the confrontations between the Navajo and the U.S. army leading to the Long Walk of 1864 and the imprisonment of Navajo people is discussed in detail.� Subjects include community life, religion, history, work, income, and education.
���� ���� Bonvillain has written a well-organized book.� It includes a table of contents, a fact sheet, map, timeline of important dates, glossary, bibliography, and index.� All of these help the reader locate information quickly and easily.� Photographs range from the Navajo imprisonment at Ft. Sumner in 1866 to a present day classroom.� There is even a recipe for traditional Navajo fried bread.
Bruchac, Joseph.� Navajo Long Walk:� The Tragic Story of a Proud People�s Forced March from Their Homeland.� Washington D.C.:� National Geographic Society, 2002.
������ This book gives an historical account of the Long Walk in 1864 when 8000 Navajos were forced to walk 300 miles to Bosque Redondo in eastern New Mexican.
Iverson, Peter.� The Navajos.� New, York:� Chelsea House, 1990.
This book covers the evolution of the Navajo culture and familial and clan relationships dating from their earliest presence in North America to the modern Navajo.� Subjects include the arrival of the white man, the Long Walk period, relocation, treaties with the U.S. government and the government�s interference in the family and education of the Navajo.� A unique area of discussion is the Navajo Code Talkers and the role they played during World War II.� Finally, the modern Navajo nation is discussed.
���� ���� The book is well organized, with a text that is easy to understand.� �Iversontreats his subject with sensitivity and writes with a welcome lack of condescension.� (Science Books and Films, 11-12/90) There are numerous photographs and maps depicting the life of the Navajo.� Iverson includes a bibliography, glossary, and extensive index.� These tools aid in the student�s research of this subject.
Mallinowski, Sharon and Anna Sheets.� Gale Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes.� Detroit: Gale, 1998.
��������� Volume two of this four-volume set includes native groups of the Southwest U.S.� It includes historical, cultural, and current information.� Essays are arranged alphabetically within regions making for easy access to information.� Text boxes list data often needed for student projects-location, population, language, key dates and events.� Preface gives an excellent explanation of the book�s set up.� Articles on the Navajo include short biographies of notable individuals, information on religion, language, way of life, healing practices, and current issues. �It includes numerous black and white photos.
McCabe, Suzanne.� �Growing Up Navajo.�� Junior Scholastic, 11/13/00.
�� ������ �This magazine article describes the home of Myra Jodie, a fourteen-year-old Navajo girl living on the Arizona reservation.� The author discusses the history of and poverty and despair on the reservation today and how Myra�s actions led to President Clinton�s involvement in getting the Navajo reservation wired for electricity and Internet access.
�� The article is easy to read for middle to upper elementary students.� It deals with an interesting and unique.� McCabe discusses the young people�s link between traditional Navajo and the modern world.� Scholastic is a reputable source of information.
McClain, Sally.� Navajo Weapon:� The Navajo Code Talkers.� Boulder, CO:� Books Beyond Borders, 1994.
��������� This book presents history of the Navajo Code Talkers during WW II.� It includes contributions from veterans, maps, and a glossary of words Code Talkers used.
Pasqua, Sandra M.� The Navajo Nation (Native Peoples).� Mankato, Minn.:� Bridgestone, 2000.
This book tells the history of the largest group of Native Americans in the U.S. and gives a description of their homes, education system, government, ceremonies, stories, location, and their role as code talkers during WW II.� Includes bibliographic references and an index.
Reviewed in School Library Journal and Booklist.� http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/stores/detail/-/books/0736804994/reviews/qid=1054735443/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/002-7388682-1034411
Roessel, Monty.� Kinaalda�: A Navajo Girl Grows Up.� Minneapolis:� Lerner Publications Co., 1993.
���� ���� This book briefly describes the land of the Navajo people and some of the traditional Navajo ceremonies.� It extensively describes The Kinaalda�, a coming of age ceremony for young Navajo girls.� We learn about the Kinaalda� through the eyes of Celinda McKelvey as she prepares for and participates in the two to four day ceremony.
���� ���� Monty Roessel has written an interesting and informative text.� Roessel is a Navajo photographer and writer who specializes in contemporary Native Americans.� His photographs, most with captions �...are sharp and beautiful, but not slick...� (Sheilamae O�Hara, Booklist, 1/94)� Roessel includes a glossary and bibliography.� Short biographies of the author, gives further evidence of Roessel�s qualifications.
Sage, Samantha and Stephanie Booth.� �Growing Up Native American Style.�� Teen Magazine, 3/99.
Samantha tells of her life experiences on the Navajo reservation in Chinle, Arizona.� She discusses her school, where she not only learns English and U.S. History, but also the language and history of the Navajo people.� She describes her own Kinaalda� and what it�s like growing up celebrating two different faiths with her family, Christian and Navajo.
���� ���� This article is well written by a young person with whom the reader is able to identify.� It�s concise and interesting.� At the end of Sage�s text she gives facts about the government and reservation on which she lives.� For more information, the author includes two web site addresses.
Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk.� The Navajos.� New York:� Holiday House, 1993.
���� ���� Sneve begins her book with the Navajo creation story.� She then summarizes the Navajo way of life, ceremonies, and the coming of the white man and its effect on the Navajo way of life.� The author discusses battles, treaties, and the U.S. Army enforced Long Walk of 1864.� Finally, how the Navajo make a living with jewelry making, weaving, and farming is briefly discussed.
���� ���� Ronald Himler�s soft, color illustrations depict the life of the Navajo as described by Sneve.� Sneve uses large-type titles for each topic discussed.� This makes it easy to find a topic.� The author does not give us in depth information, however.� This book would be a good place to begin research.� An index and address to send for more information is included.�
Thomson, Peggy.� Katie Henio-Navajo Sheepherder.� New York:� Dutton, 1995.
���� ������ Katie Henio, a Navajo great grandmother, shares her knowledge, wisdom, and way of life with the reader.� We accompany Katie as she works her sheep camp.� She tells of her life and the ways of the traditional Navajo.
���� ���� Vivid photographs surround the interesting text of this book.� Lisa Mitten states, �Full-colored photographs of Henio, her sheep, and her family enhance this fine account of a skilled woman from a strong tradition.� (School Library Journal 3/95)� The author includes a table of contents and boldface type headings which make it easy to locate information.
Wood, Leigh Hope.� The Navajo Indians.� New York:� Chelsea House, 1991.
��������� This book gives an account of the history of the Navajo people.� Hope shares her insights on how the Navajo have adapted in the years since contact with Caucasians.�
The book includes a map of the Navajo reservation, a glossary of terms used in the book, many illustrations, and old as well as modern photographs.
Begay, Shonto.� Navajo:� Visions and Voices from the Mesa.� New York:� Scholastic, 1995.
��������� This edition presents an index of Navajo poetry.
Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk.� Dancing Teepees:� Some poems of American Indian Youth.� New York:� Holiday House, 1989.
��������� Sneve has compiled a collection of poetry by native children.
Folklore and Myths
Begay, Byrd.� And It Is Still That Way:� Legends Told by Arizona Indian Children.� New York:� Scribner, 1976.
��������� American Indian children retell 41 tribal legends in contemporary language.
Begay, Shonto.� Ma�ii and Cousin Horned Toad:� A Traditional Navajo Story.� New York:� Scholastic, 1992.
��������� This book presents a story of a tricky coyote that takes advantage of his animal cousins until one of them teaches him a lesson.
Duncan, Lois.� The Magic of Spider Woman.� New York:� Scholastic, 1996.
��������� This is a tale of Spider Woman and how she teaches a stubborn girl how to keep life in balance by respecting its boundaries.
Haile, Berard.� Navajo Coyote Tales:� The Curly to Aheedliini Version.� Lincoln:� University of Nebraska Press, 1984.
������ A Navajo elder tells these three stories which have been divided into seventeen mini-stories.� They have been translated into English and are also written in Navajo giving the readers an authentic feel of the culture.
Locke, Raymond Friday.� Sweet Salt:� Navajo Folktales and Mythology.� Santa Monica, CA: �Roundtable Pub., 1990.
��������� Locke introduces this book of twelve stories about the Navajo with a preface in which he tells his audience that other ethnic groups cannot always understand the Navajo way of life.� He relates his personal experiences as they relate to each story.� He also gives a description of the main character of each story and the story�s significance to the Navajo culture.
O�Dell, Scott.� Sing Down the Moon.� Boston:� Houghton Mifflin, 1994.
��������� Summary:� In the spring of 1864 life in the Canyon de Chelly was abundant and beautiful. Bright Morning, a young Navajo girl watched the sheep which soon would be her own and chatted with her friends about Tall Boy, whom she expects to marry.� All this is shattered when the Long Knives, the U.S. soldiers, come and burn their village and drive them on the Long Walk.
��������� This is a Newbery Honor book and is recommended for grades 5-6.� It is also available on video or audiocassette.
Pitts, Paul.� Racing the Sun.� New York:� Avon, 1988.�
��������� Summary:� Learning about the proud Navajo heritage of his father and grandfather causes major conflict for twelve-year-old Brandon Rogers, who has only known contemporary suburban life.� Grandfather�s stories emphasizing the importance of relatives, of building upon one�s heritage, and of staying true to the important things make for fine reading about a Native American family in today�s world.
��������� This book includes a glossary and is recommended for grades 5-6.
Turner, Ann.� The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow:� The Diary of Sarah Nita, a Navajo Girl.� New York:� Scholastic, 1999.
��������� Summary:� Part of the Dear America series, this book tells the story of a young Navajo girl and her sister in New Mexico in 1864.� The girls are separated from their parents and are forced to walk on the Long Walk where they experience many hardships and are eventually reunited with their parents.
��������� This is part of a well-respected series that gives children an historic yet personalized perspective of the time and events presented.
������ The above pathfinder could be used by students in upper elementary school, teachers, and anyone interested in the rich culture of the Navajo.� Teachers could use the resources as part of the Social Studies curriculum, especially those teaching grade five where students study native cultures of the U.S.�
These resources would help the teacher meet Indiana�s Academic Standards in Math and Social Studies.� One site that I listed uses Navajo weavings in math activities.� Teachers could work with the concepts of fractions, decimals, and percents using images of Navajo rugs and graph paper.� Social Studies teachers in grade five cover native groups of the U.S. and their locations, history, the impact of the Europeans on their cultures, economics, etc.� One strand, 5.5.5, states that students will be able to �analyze traditional arts, including folktales and narratives that depict the experiences of ethnic, racial, and religious groups in different regions of the U.S.� Resources about folktales, mythology, sand painting, and chants and ceremonies of the Navajo found in this pathfinder would help to meet this standard.� Many fifth grade academic standards could be covered using resources in this pathfinder.
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