"Always assume your guest is tired, cold,
and hungry and act accordingly.
There is nothing as eloquent
as a rattlesnake's tail."
came with the Bible in one hand
and the gun in the other.
First they stole gold.
Then they stole the land.
Then they stole our souls."
The Rainbow's End
Blessingway - Twelve Word Song
Changing Woman [Asdz nádleehé]
Coyote Kills a Giant
Diyin Dine'e (Holy People-Navajo)
Holy and Natural Law
Hooghan of First Man
Legend of the Night Chant
Monster Slayer and Yé 'iitsoh
Prayer of the Night Chant
Rock Monster Eagle and Monster Slayer
Song of the Horses
Stories of Navajo crafts and tradition
Story of the Two Brother-Cousins
Sun, Moon and Stars
Storytelling from memories Rustywire writes with authority and authenticity because he writes from his memory. Rustywire is a fullblood dine whose father grew up on the reservation. His mother's family lived off the reservation, making Rustywire's childhood an interesting blend of cultures.
"Mom really stressed to us that we should read and write and talk English," he recalled. "My dad took care of taking us to work and taking care of things. That's just how it was."
"He has a very special gift."
Heading to the big city full of lights and all those cars. I wonder where they all go, how they live and what they do, so many people and each one stays someplace and they have to work somewhere and all I see is them coming and going. It is like driving into a big ant pile. On the way in there is a turnoff and I follow it and it takes me to the thrift store. it is like pawn shops, you never know what it is you need until you see it. You have been looking for it a long time, it sits there at the back of your mind and when you see it you say, ah there it is.
Dineh (Navajo) Wind Prayer
Oh, Great Spirit, Oh Grandfathers,
How lucky can one be to know such beauty?
One can search the world over
And not find this much loveliness.
Her heart is
pure, and radiates love and warmth.
Oh, Mother Earth, It is from your womb that she does come.
It has to be, for she reflects your beauty that I see all around me.
Wind, blow softly upon this desert rose.
Embrace her always with your warm gentle breezes.
Fill her heart with the pride and happiness
From a proud and noble people that she does come.
Whisper soft reminders in her ear,
"Never forget... Never forget."
Oh, Father, the Navajo Sun,
Shine brightly down upon her path,
Allow her to see the beauty in herself as well as in others.
Protect her and keep her warm.
Hide her in your absence from the despares of this life.
Allow her always to walk in beauty.
Oh, Woman who
walks in beauty like the night,
I am a friend who is distant and silent.
I will care for you always.
About 1966 or so, a NASA team doing work for the Apollo moon mission took the astronauts near Tuba City. There the terrain of the Navajo Reservation looks very much like the lunar surface. Among all the trucks and large vehicles were two large figures that were dressed in full lunar spacesuits.
Nearby a Navajo sheep herder and his son were watching the strange creatures walk about, occasionally being tended by other NASA personnel. The two Navajo people were noticed and approached by the NASA personnel. Since the man did not know English, his son asked him who the strange creatures were. The NASA people told them that they were just men that were getting ready to go to the moon. The man became very excited and asked if he could send a message to the moon with the astronauts.
The NASA personnel thought this was a great idea so they rustled up a tape recorder. After the man gave them his message, they asked his son to translate. His son would not.
Later, they tried a few more people on the reservation to translate and every person they asked would chuckle and then refuse to translate. Finally, with cash in hand someone translated the message,
"Watch out for these guys, they come to take your land."
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