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.