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New Website Dedicated to Preserving Navajo Legends

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PR Web releases information about a new website, NavajoLegends.org that is dedicated to preserving and disseminating Navajo legends of the past and present.

‘Many Navajo myths have been passed down through generations and transcend both time and culture. Many Navajo stories still exist within Navajo Legendstribes, but are not spoken of to the outside world,’ says NavajoLegends.org spokesperson Henry Wells. 
‘A lot of these Navajo legends were told by memory,’ says Wells. ‘These stories were kept alive by word of mouth, and tribal leaders were held responsible for a child’s education. Usually, many popular Navajo myths weren’t written down for years. Many of the Navajo myths featured on this site were around for centuries. They existed before language was written on paper.’
Some Navajo folklore stories embrace the human spirit, and speak of humanity’s connection with the surrounding spirit realm. Other myths are created to inspire fear, and have terrified both children and adults for hundreds of years. These specific myths have inferred a divine connection to a sacred land—known as the Four Corners. The Four Corners region is located in the American Southwest, and has greatly inspired Native American folklore.
At NavajoLegends.org, visitors will locate many popular Navajo legends, and discover a few forgotten tales. Some tales aren’t prominent, and have slipped through the cracks throughout centuries. Creatures, like the Navajo skin-walker, and stories pertaining to earth’s creation have existed within Native American culture for lifetimes, and will continue to do so for centuries. Native American folklore is inspiring, and is necessary to grasp the entire scope of Navajo culture. These stories embrace mundane aspects of Native American life, and reveal much about lush Navajo history, ideas and culture.
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Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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