NAVAJO BELIEFS The Diné believe there are two classes of beings: the Earth People and the Holy People. The Holy People are believed to have the power to aid or harm the Earth People.
Religious Beliefs. Most important among them are a group of anthropomorphic deities, and especially Changing Woman or Spider Woman, the consort of the Sun God, and her twin sons, the Monster Slayers.
Navajo, also spelled Navaho, second most populous of all Native American peoples in the United States, with some 300,000 individuals in the early 21st century, most of them living in New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. The Navajo speak an Apachean language which is classified in the Athabaskan language family.
The Diné believe there are two classes of beings: the Earth People and the Holy People. The Holy People are believed to have the power to aid or harm the Earth People. Since Earth People of the Diné are an integral part of the universe, they must do everything they can to maintain harmony or balance on Mother Earth.
He estimates that 20% of the 220,000 Navajos on the reservation are Christian. But the mistrust between Christians and traditional Navajos remains strong in Porcupine Mesa, where many still subscribe to ancient beliefs.
Navajos are advised not to watch snakes eat, mate or shed their skin because it could affect their physical and mental health. The Navajo Nation Zoo in the tribal capital of Window Rock has exhibited snakes for decades. But manager David Mikesic said the reptiles housed in its Discovery Center have been unpopular.
Navajos believe that an evil spirit or devil is at the bottom of everything that has in any way anything to do with death, and they rarely speak of their dead, for fear of offending the evil one; and it has been said that one of these Indians will freeze to death rather than build a fire for himself out of the logs of
The Navajo and the Apache are closely related tribes, descended from a single group that scholars believe migrated from Canada. Both Navajo and Apache languages belong to a language family called “Athabaskan,” which is also spoken by native peoples in Alaska and west-central Canada.
The Cherokee were Iroquoian speakers while, for example, the Navajo speak a dialect of the Athabaskan language. Several distinct Indian languages are represented in North America, including Algonquin and Siouan and many others.
With a 27,000-square-mile reservation and more than 250,000 members, the Navajo Tribe is the largest American Indian tribe in the United States today. More than 1,000 Navajo live, off-reservation, in the region today.