The Navajo Indians & Their Religion

This paper discusses the myths, legends and religious chants of the Navajo Indians.

The Navajo Indians are perhaps one of the most fascinating of the American Indian groups to study. Their courage, stamina and perseverence as a people speak highly for the psychological and even physical unity which their religion supplies.

The Navajos did not appear in the southwest United States until 1000 – 200 A.D. They had probably come from across the Bering Strait and down along the west coast of the United States although there is some evidence from religious ideas from the Plains Indians woven into their ideas, that they might have first come south along the east side of the Rocky Mountains and then filtered into the southwest.

Once in the southwest the Navajos took advantage of the Hopi …