Navajo, Navajo language, Navajo Reservation, Arizona, Uncategorized

Yá’át’ééh, Brody, It is Good

Before I moved to Page Arizona, I always thought the traditional Diné (Navajo) greeting was pronounced Yah-ta-hey. Someone just smack me.

Ashkenazim, Davies/Davis, Navajo, Pitten, Niederösterreich, Austria, Plain City, Utah, Thomas Davies 1816-1899

Ready to Launch–No Excuses

December Newsletter Like my previous newsletter, this is more for my benefit than anyone else (I'm still practicing).  Before I get this party started, I need to point out that today is the second day of Hanukkah! For Jews, this party is already well underway. Happy Hanukkah everyone! November did not go as I planned.… Continue reading Ready to Launch–No Excuses

customs and traditions, Navajo

When a Navajo Introduces Herself, She Gives her Genealogy

Navajo culture and society are organized matrilineally. Similar to the western patrilineal system of family organization, emphasis is put on the clan of the mother, and mothers are the heads of households and central focus of each clan. 

Dutch Reformed Church, genealogy, Kwiatkowski, Navajo, Rothsprack, Wikoff, Wyckoff, Wyckoff combine with Wyckoff, Wykoff

Know Your Groups

If you're lucky,  your family has never immigrated.  It happens. But since the discovery of the Americas, people have been migrating with increasing frequency. No matter where you live, if you are anything other than indigenous, you can be sure you will find immigrants in your past. People marry outside their traditional cultural and social sets… Continue reading Know Your Groups

Navajo

A new Branch on my Family Tree

One thing that everyone said when they saw that big boy with piles of black hair is that he looks like a little Navajo boy.  I said it too.  Because he is.