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The Navajo - A Native American TribeThe Navajo tribe was one of the most famous and interesting tribes in American history It important that people know our native American background and who It is believed that Ancestors of the Navajos traveled from the northwest PacificCoast and western Canada to the southwestern United States between 1300 and 1600Much of the territory was occupied by the Ute and Pueblo tribes who later became Navajo enemies The Navajos were hunters and gathers of wild plants roots berries and nutsTheir language is Athapaskan which is spoken by native people in western Canada The Navajos call themselves Dineh the people and they call their original homeland in the Southwest Dinetah Dinetah was located in northwestern New Mexico and northeastern Arizona south of the San Juan River The Dineh broke up into smallbands in order to find land to live on Navajo means planted fields in a valley which wasgiven to them by the Spanish in the seventeenth century The Navajos met other Native American people living nearby who taught them how to farm and grow crops such ascorn beans and squash The Navajos lived peacefully with most of their neighbors andtraded with the Puebloans giving them deer meat deerskins and salt in return forThe Navajo Nation contains nearly 15 million acres of beautiful land located in New Mexico Arizona Utah and Colorado The land is high above sea level and rainfallis low with averages of 5 to 11 inches per year The land is dry and only a few rivers run through the Nation Navajos depend on small streams and springs for their water The traditional Navajos lived in small settlements consisting of a group of familiesrelated on the mothers side The house called a hogan was built with six or eight sideshad a rounded roof and was made from logs brush and mud Each settlement also had land that was used for farming and grazing animals The land was
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