Cultural Differences

Direct eye contact is considered rude among Navajos. You will notice that when speaking to a group of Navajos, some may look down or away as soon as you make eye contact. This is more a cultural thing. On the other hand, you will run across Navajos who will stare you down.

Touching in most cultures is generally reserved for close friends and family. For most traditional Navajos, you can have a handshake, but avoid a firm a grip.

Conversation with strangers is limited. Navajo people are taught to avoid talking too much, especially with people they don’t know. However, nowadays, there are many Navajos raised off the reservation who have brought their Anglicized ways.

Navajos are freaked out about snakes. Do not try to pull a prank.

Direct eye contact is considered rude among Navajos. You will notice that when speaking to a group of Navajos, some may look down or away as soon as you make eye contact. This is more a cultural thing. On the other hand, you will run across Navajos who will stare you down.

Touching in most cultures is generally reserved for close friends and family. For most traditional Navajos, you can have a handshake, but avoid a firm a grip.

Conversation with strangers is limited. Navajo people are taught to avoid talking too much, especially with people they don’t know. However, nowadays, there are many Navajos raised off the reservation who have brought their Anglicized ways.

Navajos are freaked out about snakes. Do not try to pull a prank.