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Family, fans celebrate the legacy of champion fancy dancer

In years past, Spike Draper entered the arena alongside his father during the grand entry of the annual Gathering of Nations Powwow.


Art as spirituality

New DC program teaches culture through art

Arts Culture

ARIZE fashion show features Native designs

Runway models with rockabilly hairstyles and some with Bettie Page styled bangs modeled clothes that communicated subdued elegance and soigné ease.


Manhood ceremony rich in symbolism, tradition

While many families still throw a kinaaldá for their girls, the boys’ puberty rite gets short-changed.


Diné professor keeps language alive, one class at a time

Spreading out a blanket in her Navajo Language 102 class at the University of New Mexico, Esther Yazzie-Lewis shows how one side depicts a map of all the places the Navajo Code Talkers fought during World War II.


Slideshow: 26th annual World Championship Hoop Dance

View images from Navajo Times chief photographer Donovan Quintero of the 26th annual World Championship Hoop Dance last weekend at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Ariz.


Student work teaches about Navajo emergence, coyote stories

FORT DEFIANCE In Lydia Fasthorse’s 20-year career, she has learned that many young people may not hear the vital stories of Navajo culture at home. That was one big reason

Community Culture

Learning the clan system with a mug of coffee

For the past year, young Navajos have been learning more about their culture by drinking a cup of coffee each morning.


Navajo performer keeps traditions, culture alive through song and dance

Outside a local library in Fountain Hills, Ariz., a message for dozens of people in the form of song and dance – Jay Begaye, a traditional Navajo performer, brought back what he calls dwindling traditions on Nov. 21.


Navajo culture is king at Tobe Turpen pageant

Some of the skills displayed by Navajo girls and boys at a Tobe Turpin Elementary School pageant on Thursday came from tradition through generations of family.