Shíkeyáh as Medicine

Sunday morning I said goodbye to my family after a delicious breakfast prepared by my mom. We ate and laughed as a late winter snow fell outside. My heart swells at all the scenes we took in together and remember the prayers we said for each other and ourselves before I left. I know IContinue reading “Shíkeyáh as Medicine”

Yá’at’eeh Ya’iishjááshtsoh

Normally a month full of activity July seems to pass so quickly. This year is no exception as I post this I am confounded by where the time has gone. In Navajo it’s the season filled with the “flourishing of early crops”. A time when working in the corn fields is critical. This idea ofContinue reading “Yá’at’eeh Ya’iishjááshtsoh”

Ode to the Desert

I was raised in Diné Bikeyáh (Navajo land) but I grew up in the desert, a place that has taught me many lessons. Of them, how important it is to stay hydrated and (one of my favorites) how a place so hot can be full of so much earned beauty because everything, including the people,Continue reading “Ode to the Desert”

Yá’at’eeh Ya’iishjááshchilí!

A near holiday in my world is the Summer Solstice. Approaching quickly, June 21, it’s the half way point of the calendar year – the longest day – full of the most sunshine. I find this day a perennial reminder of the need to stay connected to the natural world, a feat in the city. AContinue reading “Yá’at’eeh Ya’iishjááshchilí!”

To Shízhe’e’ With Love

Even after thirty years, I still fall in love with shízhe’e’ (my dad). He is a person who has inspired my vision and encouraged me consistently not to be content with mediocrity. As his Dad taught us to fight – for love and our people – my dad taught me to be brave. Whether itContinue reading “To Shízhe’e’ With Love”

Yá’at’eeh T’ąątsoh: Season Awakening

On my list favorite things are: magic, surprises, unicorns and seasons changing. I recognize how child like this love list is but I am continuously taken over by how much magic you can find when the seasons change. It is incredible how complex our environments are and how they have adapted to changes in environments.Continue reading “Yá’at’eeh T’ąątsoh: Season Awakening”

I Come from Strong Women: A Tribute

“It is through my mother I entered this world.” Everything I have come to understand and even question about my role as a young asdzaan Diné was first nurtured by my mother. She and the women in my life have continuously taught me the lessons I need to know and most important have shown meContinue reading “I Come from Strong Women: A Tribute”

Enduring Love Through Loss

I am blessed my first “real job” out of college was also my dream job. Starting it years ago, I had no idea I would be here this long and while every January work-anniversary is marked with, “has it really been this long?!” it is also a month in which I ache and miss myContinue reading “Enduring Love Through Loss”

Yá’at’eeh Yas Niłt’ees!

Yá’at’eeh Yas Niłt’ees!  January customarily begins with a refreshing vibe, the holidays are over and a new year begins with an attitude tuned to the possibility of a clean slate. In Diné Bizaad (Navajo language), January or Yas Niłt’ees means the “time of melting snow”. One of my favorite months because it seems to correlateContinue reading “Yá’at’eeh Yas Niłt’ees!”

Friendsgiving

Giving thanks has long been a part of my life. As Navajo people we are taught to rise early in the morning and giving an offering as a way to thank the Holy People for the day ahead of us. What I love about this practice is as a people we continuously live in theContinue reading “Friendsgiving”