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corn pollen

tah dih deen

The Navajo word tádídíín is the word for corn pollen.

Tádídíín is a fundamental aspect of Navajo traditional culture. It comes from the tassels of a mature corn plant, and can only be collected by a female.

It is then blessed and used by all as the primary means of communicating with the Navajo Holy People. It is a conduit through which safety and happiness are assured, especially when one travels beyond the Navajo homeland (Dinétah).

It is a sweet-tasting yellow-colored powder that is commonly kept in small leather pouches.

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