Native Americans
The Navajo People

The Navajo People
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.84

     challenging words:    dysentery, silverwork, starvation, tribal, trouble-makers, up-the, young-were, hispanic, underworld, homeland, treaty, sacred, dome, jewelry, tribe, acquire
     content words:    Mount Taylor, Mount Blanca, Mount Hesperus, San Francisco Peaks, Kit Carson, Fort Canby, Long Walk, Bosque Redondo, New Mexico

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The Navajo People
By Mary Lynn Bushong

1     When you think of the Navajo people, what do you think of? Do you think of woven blankets? Do you think of silver and turquoise jewelry? What do you know of the people?
2     The Navajo and Apache were once a single people. Even now they are very much alike.
3     The Navajo believed that they were created in an underworld. They passed through twelve of those worlds before they got to this one. Four sacred mountains sit on the corners of their land, Mount Taylor, Mount Blanca, Mount Hesperus, and the San Francisco Peaks.
4     Young people learned about ceremonies, legends, and tribal law from older members of the tribe. There was even a celebration for a baby's first laugh. Girls learned from the older women. Boys learned with the men and had to pass a test of courage before becoming a man.
5     Families were very important to the Navajo. Every family belonged to a clan. There are more than 100 clans. Children belonged to the clan of their mother. Boys would have to go to another clan to get married.

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