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The Din4

The Din4 are the children of Changing Woman. They were first called the Apache de Nabajó by the Spanish. Gradually this was shortened to "Navajo" but the Din4 have always called themselves "Din4."They are the largest Native tribe in North America, living on the largest reservation in the United States.

The Din4 have a long and sometimes complicated history. They have endured disease, warfare, famine, and the onslaughts of governments determined to move, remove, or change them. Since their first recorded contact with the Spanish and continuing through today, they have shown an amazing ability to accept ideas, skills, practices, and goods from other cultures while keeping a strong sense of identity. As a result, their culture is extremely rich and diverse.

The art and crafts of the Din4 are known throughout the world. Their weavings, jewelry, paintings, baskets, and sculpture reflect the highly creative and artistic people that created them. These works also show a depth that again reflects the richness of the Din4 culture.

The Din4 not only accept changes in their daily and artistic life, but in their organized life as well. Throughout their history, they have defended and survived on the land they call home. Their growth as a people allowed them to gain new lands for the original reservation. In addition, the need to maintain roads, schools, and the welfare of the people helped them to establish a central government.

Today the Din4 face many challenges. They must fight to keep their culture, adaptable as it is. They must fight to keep their land, with its many hidden resources. They must fight to keep their lifestyle, in the face of tourism and market economies. Despite these difficulties, they have already shown they can respond to the challenges. They are, after all, the children of Changing Woman.





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