Circle of Light Navajo Educational Project
P.O. Box 1393
Gallup, NM 87305
505 726 8030
fax: 505 722 4144

Navajo: The Circle of Life


 Objective: The students will be able to retrieve information by using technology, Internet, for each of these categories. 

§       Fry bread

§       NavajoTaco

§       Corn

§       Hogan

§       Navajo family

§       Navajo clothing

§       Basket

§       Turquoise jewelry


Students will find information on Internet about who these Navajos are. Activity that the students will do be compare their clans, and interest. The students will answer questions about these the two famous Navajo.


§       Luci Tapahonso

§       Sunny Dooley

Navajo Language

Explore the Navajo Nation

‘Ya’a’teeh’ Welcome to the Navajo Nation

An Introduction to the Navajo Culture

The Navajo (Dineh)- History of the Navajo People

Diné Clans

Native American Languages

The Navajo People (Dineh) - Navajo Clothing

The History of American Indian Jewelry

Authentic Native American Silver Jewelry

Steve Yellowhorse, Navajo Silversmith DVD movie for sale

Navajo Government and Education

Photographs of the Diné (Navajo)

Navajo and Zuni Tribe in Gallup, New Mexico

Larencita Billy

I am interested in my own Native American culture, since I am, myself don’t know my culture and language really well. I would like to concentrate and introduce our own Navajo and the Zuni Tribe to our visitors and children. These two tribes have an impact with the local annual ceremonials that occur in Gallup, New Mexico. I have retrieved some Internet websites that tourists, teachers, public and students may be interested in. Some of these websites have website addresses available that can be extend the topic into a more deeper insight. For a school, students will use technology to comprehend facts between these two cultures. These students can extend, share and introduce some information of facts through one of these programs: power point, excel or even organizing their own website (web quest).
While in the Gallup area, regardless of the days of the week, we see more of these two tribes. Many of these students together take classes at the local colleges. Since they both attend either college, this would give them an impression of each other’s tribe.
The lives between these two tribes are similar and different in certain areas. As a community, they both have a government and definitely focus on education. As a family background, they survive differently. Some facts about Navajos and Zunis that attend the Ceremonials:

The Navajo and Zuni tribe are familiar in some areas. Both tribes support their families through self-employment. During any sort of public cultural ceremonials they display and sell their jewelry to visitors and tourists to these ceremonies. A lot of labor work and time is put into this silversmith. It is considered an income for their families. Sorts of native food are also shared with the visitors and tourist at different booths that are set up. Our food is very similar but they prepared differently, like the mixture and time. When the ceremonials are occurring, there are a lot of social interactions between different tribes, not only the Navajo or the Zuni but also many others. These families prepare years ahead to sell and dance at these ceremonials. They are dedicated to these events.