Essay about Navajo: Navajo People and Apache Jicarilla Navajos

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The tribe people I choose to talk about are the Navajos from southern New Mexico, they are a very interesting to me not only because we hear about them, but because the way they do things what they ate. There are a few things when it comes to their kinship society and how they live, their traditions and other believes and values they have and still use till this day. What kind of kinship they are and what they hunt, also what kind of organization they are the way they communicate with others then their own kinship. By contrast from our culture we do share some similar kinship attributes but still we are a different culture all together. Also what kind of houses they lived in what food they ate and what kind of cloths they wore. What kind of kinship they are and what kind of ceremonies they had. What traditions they do what kind of tempters they have. Scientists say Navajos traveled from northern Canada periods ago--but they don't know exactly when they arrived in this area. But, Navajo oral custom says that when they first came to the Southwest they interacted with the Ancestral Pueblo people (the Navajo called them Anasazi). If so, Navajos could have been here as early as 900 A.D (State of Utah , 2013).
Navajo houses, called "hogans", protected them from strong winds; these houses were made of adobe wooden and were covered in clay so they can hold. They were also built facing east so they can get the sun rise in the morning. The Navajos focused the love not only for their family’s but also for their nation. One good example is a daughters or girls ceremony, “ at one point, the girl is to run toward the east for a quarter of a mile or so while some younger children of the tribe run behind her. This symbolizes the hope that the girl will be the kind of mother that her children will always want to follow” (Kidport, 1998). Another thing the Navajos were a Horticulturalists and mostly framers they grow crops mostly farmers, growing crops such as squash, corn, melons, and beans, the women did the farming as well as gathering. Men hunted deer and antelope, and after the colonizers presented them to rams and goats, they raised those animals too (Kidport, 1998). Navajos fought with bow and arrows or spears, in some way there tools for farming were advanced for them or for another tribe. Their technology didn’t work good for them they usually walked using dogsleds until the colonizers arrived with horses. They wouldn’t travel by the ocean because they didn’t live near they didn’t use water for any transportation.
Not all Navajos live in villages; their traditions did not command this requirement, as is shared with other Native American civilizations. They have always hooped together in small groups, often near a source of water. Their wide dispersal thru the registration is due in part to the limited amount of browsing land-living, and the limited accessibility of water (Carey Jr, 2007). “The traditional Navajo house, the hogan was a conical or circular structure constructed of logs or stone. The more modern version is usually six-sided with a smoke hole in the center of the roof constructed of wood or cement” (Carey Jr, 2007). Traditionally, the Navajos are a matriarchal society; this means that with ancestry and legacy determined through one’s mother. Navajo women have traditionally owned the unpackaged of resources and property, such as livestock. In cases of a marital separation the women retained the property and children. This is common to us because in our case in our society we use this women stay with their children and the house they live in. but one thing we don’t share is that the men don’t stay with their children. But they have a strong sense of obligation no madder what that was there family (Carey Jr, 2007). Today Navajos are challenged with large unemployment rates. To this nuclear family construction alike to Anglos in the U.S. is increasingly present. “As a culture in change, the Navajo people and…