Every culture has their own way of life, their own religious beliefs, their own marriage beliefs, their own values and feelings on life and the options it has to offer. Each culture has their own way to run things within their own government, and own way to keep their economy up to their standards. Also each culture and society have their own primary mode of subsistence that makes them unique. Among the Navajo culture their primary mode of subsistence are pastoralists. Pastoralists have an impact on different aspects with in the culture. The aspects that I will be discussing will be the Navajo’s beliefs and values, economic organization, gender relations and sickness and healing.
The Navajo are the largest federally recognized
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Corn is one of the main produce of Navajo life. It's highly important for the food. Every spring, many Navajo families plant large fields of corn. It’s not just used for the nutritional value of it. It's also an important part of Navajo prayer. The pollen is dusted off the corn and used in ceremonies as a blessing. The Navajo also uses the corn a ceremony when a Navajo girl comes of age. They bake a large corn cake circular pit lined with corn husks.
The Navajo people, or the Dine, value family. They value their connections with the earth, and the spirits. They value and respect their own culture, and ancestors. They value mother earth, the Earth people, and the Holy people.
The Navajo economic organization starts right within their own reservation. Navajo land is abundant in gas, coal, water, and uranium. The Navajo Nation economy includes traditional activities, such as: sheep and cattle herding, weaving, jewelry making, and art trading. The Navajo government employs hundreds of people in civil service and administrative jobs. There are also tribal members that set up roadside stands selling handmade crafts, especially on major highways or near major tourist attractions. The Navajo Nation's extensive mineral resources are among the most valuable held by the United States. Aside from employment in mining, the Navajo government is the next biggest employer for the Navajo population. Navajo members also work in retail stores and other business activities