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The Navajo

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The Navajo, who call themselves Diné (“The People”) are the largest Native American group in North America. Their tales of emergence and migration are similar to other Southwestern tribes such as the Hopi (with whom they have a long running rivalry). Navajo ceremonies such as the Nightway and the Mountain Chant are renowned for their beautiful liturgy.

 Origin Myths of the Navaho Indians
by Aileen O’BryanBAEB 163 [1956]

 The Mountain Chant, A Navajo Ceremony
by Washington MatthewsARBAEB 5 [1887]

 Navaho Myths, Prayers, and Songs
by Washington MatthewsUCPAAE 5:2 [1906]
A collection of Navajo sacred texts in the original and English translation.

 Noqoìlpi, the Gambler: A Navajo Myth
by Washington MatthewsJAFL 2:5 [1889]

 The Navajo Indians
by William M. EdwardyHarper’s Weekly 34, July 5th, [1890].

 Navaho Texts
by Pliny Earle Goddard [1933]. (Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History vol. XXIV pt. I)

 Navaho Origin Legend
by A. M. StephenJAFL 43:88-104 [1930].

Spider Woman, A Story of Navajo Weavers and Chanters
by Gladys Reichard [1934]
The intersection of mythology and material culture among Navajo weaver women.

 Navajo Creation Myth
By Hasteen Klah, Recorded by Mary C. Wheelwright [1942].

 In the Beginning: A Navaho Creation Myth
told by Frank Goldtooth, recorded by Stanley A. Fishler [1953]