Relatives from across the globe? Thanks to letter, Mongolians connect with Diné in Tulsa

Relatives from across the globe? Thanks to letter, Mongolians connect with Diné in Tulsa

WINDOW ROCK

Navajos are everywhere, so when Mandy Dambii messaged the Navajo Times looking for Navajos in Oklahoma, we knew we could help.

We suggested Dambii write a letter to the editor asking for people to contact her. It worked. “My grandfather has always wanted to meet a Navajo,” said Mandy, who is visiting Oklahoma with 80-year-old Dogsom Dambii, “and thanks to the Navajo Times, that dream has come true.”

Dogsom was an economist by profession, but he has always been interested in anthropology. Now that he is retired, he is working on a book on connections between Central Asians and Native Americans, Mandy said.

Mandy, who speaks English, accompanied him on a trip to Oklahoma City, where they have family, to meet some Native Americans and uncover possible parallels between the two far-flung cultures.


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About The Author

Cindy Yurth

Cindy Yurth is the Tséyi' Bureau reporter, covering the Central Agency of the Navajo Nation. Her other beats include agriculture and Arizona state politics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University with a cognate in geology. She has been in the news business since 1980 and with the Navajo Times since 2005, and is the author of “Exploring the Navajo Nation Chapter by Chapter.” She can be reached at cyurth@navajotimes.com.