Diné: Navajo people’s name for ourselves. Navajo was a name given to us by the Spanish. Despite this difference, I will often use Navajo when referring to my community. This is due to the teachings I received not to overly useDinébecause of the powerful meaning associated with the name.

Kinaaldá: a four day ceremony held in honor of a young girl when she has her first (and often second) menstrual period. It is a ceremony marked by community involvement and tests of physical and emotional endurance for the girl. The ceremony is meant to prepare the young lady for her life ahead. Read here for more information.