Topic: Navajo

The Discovery Of This Continent, it’s Results To The Natives

In the year 1470, there lived in Lisbon, a town in Portugal, a man by the name of Christopher Columbus, who there married Dona Felipa, the daughter of Bartolome Monis De Palestrello, an Italian (then deceased), who had arisen to great celebrity as a navigator. Dona Felipa was the idol of her doting father, and often accompanied him in his many voyages, in which she soon equally shared with him his love of adventure, and thus became to him a treasure indeed not only as a companion but as a helper; for she drew his maps and geographical charts, and...

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Indian Hostilities in California and New Mexico – Indian Wars

In New Mexico, which became a part of the United States territory at the same time as California, the Indians are numerous and far more formidable than those farther west. The Apache Indians and Navajo Indians are the most powerful tribes west of the Mississippi. Being strong, active, and skillful, war is their delight, and they were the terror of the New Mexicans before the territory was occupied by the United States troops. The Pueblo Indians are among the best and most peaceable citizens of New Mexico. They, early after the Spanish conquest, embraced the forms of religion and the manners and customs of their then more civilized masters. The Pimos and Maricopos are peaceable tribes who cultivate the ground and endeavor to become good citizens. They are much exposed to the irresistible attacks of the Apache Indians and Navajo Indians, and, very often, the fruits of their honest toil become the plunder of those fierce wanderers.

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Navajo Code Talkers

By MT Sgt. Murrey Marder Corps Combat Correspondent Reprinted by Admission of The Marine Corps Gazette Through the Solomon’s, in the Marianas, at Peleliu, Iwo Jima, and almost every island where Marines have stormed ashore in this war, the Japanese have heard a strange language gurgling through the earphones of their radio listening sets a voice code which defies decoding. To the linguistically keen ear it shows a trace of Asiatic origin, and a lot of what sounds like American double talk. This strange tongue one of the most select in the world is Navajo, embellished with improvised words...

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Ceremonial Dances in the Pacific

By Ernie Pyle One of the last stories written Fay Ernie Pyle before his tragic death on le Island was about the Indians of the First Marine Division on Okinawa. It is reprinted here by permission of Scripps-Howard Newspapers and United Feature Syndicate, Inc. The ceremonial dances, according to Marine Combat Correspondent Walter Wood, included the Apache Devil Dance, the Eagle Dance, the Hoop Dance, the War Dance, and the Navajo Mountain Chant. Besides the Navajos, Sioux, Comanche, Apache, Pima, Kiowa, Pueblo, and Crow Indians took part in the Ceremonies. Okinawa — (By Navy Radio); — Back nearly two...

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Manuelito: A Navajo War Chief

You all remember how the Indian chiefs went with me to see the great American chief, President Grant, in Washington, and what a long ride we had before we took a train. Well, during that trip we rested for two days at Fort Wingate in New Mexico, and here for the first time I saw some Navajo Indians. They are cousins of the Apaches, and the language of the two tribes is so much alike that they can easily understand each other. Some people have said that the word Navajo comes from the Spanish word for knife, but probably it is an Indian word meaning “well-planted fields.” There were about 7000 in the tribe and they lived in log huts and raised corn, but their chief living was from large flocks of sheep and goats. From these they got plenty of wool which they dyed in soft colors and from which the women made splendid blankets known the world over for their beauty. ‘These are the famous Navajo blankets you have heard about. Now the Apaches and Navajos are cousins, but they have not always been friendly cousins, and just about this time they had been fighting each other rather hard. I am sorry to say that some of the white people thought it was a good thing for Indians to fight each other; it would help kill them...

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Navajo Indian Research

Navaho Indians ( pron. Na’-va-ho, from Tewa Navahú, the name referring to a large area of cultivated lands; applied to a former Tewa pueblo, and, by extension, to the Navaho, known to the Spaniards of the 17th century as Apaches de Navajo, who intruded on the Tewa domain or who lived in the vicinity, to distinguish them front other “Apache” bands.—Hewett in Am. Anthrop., viii,193,1906. Fray Alonso Benavides, in his Memorial of 1630, gives the earliest translation of the tribal name, in the form Nauajó, ‘sementeras grandes’—’great seed-sowings’, or ‘great fields’.  Read more about the Navaho History. Navajo Indian Biographies Manuelito, Navajo War Chief Bureau of Indian Affairs A Guide to Tracing your Indian Ancestry (PDF) Tribal Leaders Directory Recognized Indian Entities, 10/2010 Update (PDF) Navajo Indian Cemeteries Native American (Indian) Cemeteries, Navajo Indian Census Free US Indian Census Rolls 1885-1940 Indians in the 11th (1890) Census of the United States Indian Census Records US Indian Census Schedules 1885-1940 – Navajo Census Records 1884-1940, (hosted at Diné (The “People”) Family History of Harrison Lapahie Jr.) Navajo Indian Clans Navajo Diné Clans (hosted at Diné (The “People”) Family History of Harrison Lapahie Jr.) Federally Recognized Tribes Navajo Nation– Official Website of the Nation P.O. Box 9000 Willow Rock, AZ 86515 Navajo History Navajo Visitors Guide Culture Genealogy Help Pages Proving Your Indian Ancestry Indian Genealogy DNA- Testing for your...

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Navajo Tribe

Navajo Nation, Navajo Indians, Navaho Indians, Navaho Tribe (pron. Na’-va-ho, from Tewa Navahú, the name referring to a large area of cultivated lands; applied to a former Tewa pueblo, and, by extension, to the Navaho, known to the Spaniards of the 17th century as Apaches de Navajo, who intruded on the Tewa domain or who lived in the vicinity, to distinguish them from other “Apache” bands. 1Hewett in Am. Anthrop., viii, 193, 1906. Fray Alonso Benavides, in his Memorial of 1630, gives the earliest translation of the tribal name, in the form Nauajó, ‘sementeras grandes’ – ‘great seed-sowings’, or ‘great fields’. The Navaho themselves do not use this name, except when trying to speak English. All do not know it, and none of the older generation pronounce it correctly, as v is a sound unknown in their language. They call themselves Dǐné´, which means simply ‘people’. This word, in various forms, is used as a tribal name by nearly every people of the Athapascan stock). EN: In the following article Navaho is used instead of Navajo, as that was the recognized spelling of the tribal name at the turn of the 20th century. Our headers however, refer to the tribe under the proper present spelling for the Navajo Nation. An important Athapascan tribe occupying a reservation of 9,503,763 acres in north east Arizona, north west New Mexico, and south...

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Navajo Hogan

They call themselves the Diné With over 300,000 persons claiming Diné heritage, they are the second largest Native American tribe in the United States. Dené is the name they call themselves. It means “the people.” Their Hopi neighbors called them the Navajo, which means “many farmers.” The Spanish started using this name, and so like many other Native American tribes, they became known by the name others called them. It might surprise many non-Diné to learn that the ancestors of this enormous tribe originated in the sub-arctic region of Canada. Like the Apaches, they are Athabaskans. At some time...

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Indian Tribes of the Navajo Region

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Navajo Regional Office’s mission is to enhance the quality of life, facilitate economic opportunity, carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of the Navajo Nation and individual Indians. Omar Bradley, Regional Director Navajo Regional Office Bureau of Indian Affairs P.O. Box 1060 Gallup, NM 87305 Phone No: (505) 863-8314 Fax No: (505) 863-8324 Western Region Colorado River Agency Bureau of Indian Affairs 12124 – 1st Avenue Parker, AZ 85344 Phone: (928) 669-7111 Fax: (928) 669-7187 Tribes of the Colorado River Agency Chemehuevi Tribe (Tribe Website) P.O. Box 1976 Chemehuevi Valley, CA 92363 Tribal Council Colorado River Tribal Council (Tribe Website) 26600 Mohave Road Parker, AZ 85344 About the Tribe Fort Mojave Tribal Council (Tribe Website) 500 Merriman Avenue Needles, CA 92363 Eastern Nevada Agency Bureau of Indian Affairs 1555 Shoshone Circle Elko, NV 89801 Phone: (775) 738-5165 Fax: (775) 738-4710 Tribes of the Eastern Nevada Agency Duckwater Tribal Council P.O. Box 140068 Duckwater, NV 89314 Ely Shoshone Tribe 16 Shoshone Circle Ely, NV 98301 Shoshone Life Goshute Business Council (Tribe Website) P.O. Box 6104 195 Tribal Center Road Ibapah, UT 84034 Shoshone-Paiute Business Council (Tribe Website) P.O. Box 219 Owyhee, NV 89832 Business Council Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone 525 Sunset Street Elko, NV 89801 Battle Mountain Band Council (Tribe Website) 37 Mountain View Battle Mountain, NV 89820 Culture...

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The Ramona School

By Dist. Sec. J.E. Roy. I had the pleasure, in Santa Fé, January 13th, of attending an entertainment given by the Ramona pupils in honor of Miss Platt, one of their teachers. Gov. Prince and his wife, and several of the citizens, were present as invited guests. After the singing of several songs, and a statement made by Prof. Elmore Chase, the Principal, fourteen of the scholars rendered, in the action of nature and the speaking of English, Mrs. Bentley’s dialogue, “The Old Year’s Vision and the New Year’s Message,” as found in the January number of The Youth’s Temperance Banner. One of the large boys first came in as an old man, clad in a mantle and trembling on a staff, to repeat the “Old Year’s Vision.” Then came in, one after another, a dozen boys and girls, to recite the greeting of the several months. It was a temperance exhibit, and so each one had a testimony for that cause. January, bearing a New Year’s card in hand, declared: “I’ve promised that not a drop of wine shall touch these temperance lips of mine.” February bore a fancy valentine, with an appropriate motto. March lifted aloft a new kite, with “Kites may sail far up in the sky, but on strong drink I’ll never get high.” July, bearing a flag and a bunch of fire-crackers, declares: “I...

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