- I am that which is: A Navajo Person.
- This feeling is around, above, and below me...
- I am the Beauty Way stories
- From long ago...when skies and land were clear
- Before "misinterpretations" disrupted our ways, thoughts, and
- Lives as T'áá Diné: the Navajo People . . .
- And I: Being of Female Origin, and He: Being of Male Origin . . .
- Tenderly rise inside this round earth home: Nihimá Bighan . . .
- We put upon our feet: the moccasins.
- And enclose in our hands, and with reverence
- We hold to you: the corn pollen . . .
- We have risen at early dawn to greet Father Sun
- Warm, comforted and cuddled by rays of Gentle Spirits
- Silently, slowly, constantly and gently turning
- We have welcomed the all-loving Mother Earth . . .
- We sing songs: of despair, fear, and uncertainties . . .
- And throw these sensations to the stars . . .
- In its place we welcome: inspiration, love and strength
- To carry us through as T'áá Diné: the Navajo People . . .
- We pray
- To Dawn of Summer Rain
- Reds of sunset
- And Whites of Corn Pollen
- With garments made by Holy Beings
- We ask Dark Swirling Clouds
- To hear our humble voices
- Ringing out in valleys, hills, and along canyon walls . . .
- With renewed strength
- We stand before you
- In fine sash belts, silky shirts, and silver jewelry . . .
- We pray
- To the east:
- We ask that we reevaluate ourselves,
- Our values, and our belief systems . . .
- To the south:
- We ask that we live long happy lives,
- Perceiving aspects of "right" and "not right" decisions
- and the consequences that await us with each decision . . .
- To the west:
- We ask that we remember our connections
- To every other being by acknowledging our Clan Structure . . .
- May we be humble to "Walk Around" and to "Mexican Water" clans . . .
- May we remember to set goals, according to our needs, wants, and wishes . . .
- To the north:
- We ask that we continue to have hope,
- Respect, and perseverance: Of and about Nature . . .
- We ask that we remain humble every day, toward one another . . .
- May we always ask one another, "What are some ways . . .
T'áá Diné:And may we through this process
- To solve our daily problems as T'áá Diné?"
- Feel assured of our capabilities . . .
- With a profound respect for every other entity around us
- With these thoughts in mind
- Oh Great Spirit
- We make our final turn
- And again: Face the west
- And therupon re-enter our Hooghan . . .
- And rest . . .
- I am that which is: A Navajo Person . . .
- T'áá Diné Nishi
From Neon Powwow edited by Anna Lee Walters, Northland Press
© 1993 Della Frank .
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