Every year, more than two million people visit the Navajo Nation to see its endless fascination of scenic wonders. However, the primary attraction is the unique history and cultural beauty of the Navajo people.
Now visitors will be able to learn more about Navajo culture, history, archaeology, and other facets of the Navajo people thanks to a new interpretive video that's featured at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, AZ at the Hatathlie Museum at Diné College in Tsaile, AZ, and at the Canyon de Chelly National Monument Visitor Center.
The videos, are titled "Diné Biítah - Among the People." They provide a brief interpretation of the many facets of the Navajo scenic road that threads its way through more than 100 miles of Navajoland.
In this 40 minute video you will meet descendants of Navajo chiefs Manuelito and Barboncito, you will hear from a Navajo Code Talker, a Navajo historian and author, a Navajo man who gathers plants and herbs to make Navajo dyes for rugs, and a craftsman who makes traditional Navajo hogans (homes).
Stories, like the ones you will hear in these videos, are very important to Navajo tradition. The Navajo people punctuate their pride through oral stories that have been carried on through generations. Virtually everything upon Mother Earth and in Father Sky such as plants, trees, animals, birds, the sun, moon, fire, stars, wind, and rain, to name a few, have a purpose and a teaching in traditional Navajo life. Many of these stories are associated with the creation of life. Some stories are only told in the winter season while others are told year-round. Others are only told during a ceremony through prayers and songs.
The "Diné Biítah - Among the People" videos will give visitors an inside look at some of the interesting stories that have been passed down through generations, giving them a better sense of the Navajo culture.