Native American Church (NAC) Ceremonies

Native American Church (NAC) Ceremonies  By Bill Donovan and George Joe Non-Indians have been invited to sweat lodge ceremonies and if this happens, again be aware of any rules beforehand. If you are driving down the road and you see a teepee near the side of the...

Navajo medicine man

Navajo medicine man Navajo medicine man By George Joe Many people ask: “How can I find a medicine man?” When a non-Indian asks this question, I do everything possible not to burst out laughing. It’s even funnier when they are serious about it. Now, it’s one thing when...

Navajo Museum & Library

Navajo Museum & Library By George Joe and Valarie Tom The Navajo Museum & Library provides an extraordinary experience for visitors to explore the heritage, history, and cultural vibrancy of the Navajo Nation. Located in the capital of the Navajo people—Window...

Navajo Wedding

Navajo Wedding By Carol Davis The primary purpose of the wedding ceremony is a spiritual unification. It is said that the traditional Diné wedding is based on the union of the young maiden, Yoołgaii Asdzaan (White Shell Woman), and the Sun Bearer, which took place in...

Puberty Ceremony

Puberty Ceremony Kinaalda One ceremony Navajo maidens have is called the kinaalda. The kinaalda is conducted when a Navajo girl comes into her womanhood, which is signaled by her first menses.  This is a traditional Navajo puberty ceremony. You will not see signs for...