Navaho dating practices
The base is the foundation of life, the Mother Earth, and the outer edge is the foundation of the Father Universe.The color prints or figures are the formations of the earth surfaces, water, and the sky of days and nights throughout the four seasons.It is also the passage for communication in all prayers and songs to the Holy Spirit and the Holy People.The black prints also represent the Holy People’s readiness to listen, assist, protect, and to guide.The result of this situation is that clans cut completely across territorial lines, and cannot be correlated with any of the regular functional units of Shonto society.Only the first six clans in the list, plus kinlichi’ini, were present in the Shonto area two generations ago.The relations and reciprocal behavior established are essentially similar to those which ensue when two Anglo-American namesakes meet by chance, and probably have no more functional significance. It is readily observable that interaction between households and residence groups is determined by blood relationship without reference to clan.Economic and social responsibility for clan brothers and sisters are definitely things of the past at Shonto (cf. More than any other factor, it is probably the lack of a clearcut residence tradition (see below) which has in the long run robbed Shonto’s clans of most of their functional significance.
11-13) are believed to be not merely linked but identical.
(From the Navajo Common Law Project) The traditional Diné wedding is based on the mating of the young maiden, White Shell Woman, and the Sun God in the White World.
The following procedures of today’s wedding ceremony may vary depending on geographical location and customs are as follows: The traditional pot and the water used in the ceremony represent the Mother Earth containing grandmother and grandfather Holy Water of Life.
This is a Diné verbal law brought down from our ancestors to keep the bloodline healthy.
This Diné traditional wedding serves as an example of using the guiding principles of life, Iiná Bitsé Siléí dóó Báá Siléí as the Navajo Customary Law.The clan inventory is extremely limited as compared with other Navaho communities (cf.