Running Head: Navajo
The Navajo Nation Economic Organization Kinship System Social Organization xxxxxxxxxxxxxx ANT 101 xxxxxxxxxxxx May 30, 2013
Navajo The Navajo Indian nation of the southwest United States is an old culture. They are unique among pastoral cultures. Unlike most pastoral societies, the Navajo are not patrilineal. This is only one unique aspect of the Navajo culture. In this paper, we will discover other unique traits
of the Navajo Indian nation including economic organization, kinship, and social organization of the Navajo culture. The Navajo have been able to change with time. Their adaptations in economic and social organization have kept their culture from dying. The Navajo are one of the most studied people in the world. However, they are one of the least understood cultures. The Navajo Nation borders Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. It is the largest Native American reservation in the United States, covering approximately 17 million acres. Scholars have attempted to explain the origins of the Navajo culture. Research has been repeated over the years, and much of it has been speculation. The Diné, as the Navajo Nation is called, resides in what is called the four corners. Modern life in the Navajo Nation has cast a shadow on some of the old traditions and history of this culture. However, the past two decades have revealed exciting new evidence of the Navajo's existence before the 18th century (Weisiger, 2004). This has prompted a resurgence of research about the Navajo Nation. Research has shown that the language of the Navajo is two different dialects that are closely related to the Apache language. These dialects show a migration from northwest Canada and eastern Alaska. Other cultures from these areas can still understand the Navajo language despite the distance that separates them. The Navajo, often referred to as a tribe, are believed to have had a less cohesive type government before the 18th century. Most of the...