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life, to live

ee nah

The Navajo word iiná means “life” in English.

In Navajo culture, life, and living, is beautiful.

It comes about through a balanced approach to everything one does – embracing free thought, structure, action, and reflection.

There are things that define the cultural identity of the Navajo people, like stewardship of the land, leadership through a sense of unity, perpetuation of the oral histories, and others that comprise the definition of iiná for different people. To a sheepherder, sheep is life. To a farmer, corn is life.

In Navajo culture, iiná represents what one considers to be most essential in living a good life.

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