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The Navajo



The Navajo
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 2 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.61

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    land, bison, clan, hogan, jewelry, tribe, underground, pots, poles, often, longer, stayed, jobs, lived, hides, trade


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The Navajo
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     The land is often dry in the Southwest. Many tribes lived there. One of those was the Navajo. They called themselves the Dineh. That meant "the people."
 
2     Most Navajo kept sheep. They would spin the wool. Then they would weave it into blankets.
 
3     The people loved their sheep. They thought sheep were a gift from their gods.
 
4     They often cooked their food over an open fire. They ate meat like lamb, bison, and deer. They also ate foods like corn, spinach, onions, and turnips. They even ate cactus and wild berries.
 
5     Each tribe had a medicine man. He would use herbs and songs to make sick people well.
 
6     A Navajo home was called a hogan. It was a house with eight sides. It was made of logs. The roof was formed with wood poles. Sometimes it was covered with mud. The door always faced east. This was so the people could welcome the rising sun.
 
7     The Navajo loved art. They used colored sand to make pictures. These pictures told stories. They wove colors into their rugs and blankets. They also made lovely silver jewelry and baskets.
 
8     Navajo land was not rich in water or trees. It was often very dry. Later on, the people found wealth underground. They found oil and coal.

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