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Diné raise concerns about Hózhǫ́ǫ́jí appropriated across Tónteel

PHOENIX

The Hózhǫ́ǫ́jí is being appropriated across Tónteel by a non-Native woman.

The woman, April Wild, is allegedly performing the Blessingway – sacred to the Diné – in England.

Over Instagram, a social media platform, Wild, reputedly based in England, promoted a “Blessing Way Ceremony” for new mothers stepping into motherhood and didn’t properly respect the Navajo culture and people.

The post was then shared with a local Navajo-owned storefront owner, Dawn Brown, who said she couldn’t take her eyes off the posts shared with her.

One of Brown’s followers on Instagram shared their exchanged messages with the non-Native woman performing the ceremony. When Brown confronted the woman, she was blocked.

“When are we going to do something about it?” Brown asked. “I just thought I’d use my platform to say something because my audience is 99.9 percent Navajo so I have nothing to lose.”

Read the full story in the May 18 edition of the Navajo Times.


About The Author

Kianna Joe

Kianna Joe is Bit’ahnii and born for Kinyaa’áanii. She was born in Gallup. She received first place for best editorial in the student division for the 2022 National Media Awards. She is now an intern for the Navajo Times, covering matters in the Phoenix Valley while attending school at Arizona State University.

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