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
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
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.