February 08, 2021: Navajo Traditional Teachings – Preserving Indigenous ways of knowing through Elder stories by creating digital videos with the purpose of sharing and preserving Navajo culture.

Navajo Traditional Teachings strives to teach culture untouched by anthropologists and archaeologists. Their teachings are based on a pure understanding of the language and oral history passed down from generation to generation. Here, we won’t find popular theories about Navajo’s only traditional teachings. Navajo Traditional Teachings motto is “Without Identity, There is no power”. Preserving Navajo (Diné) Culture is their mission and they do that by sharing it. Since the beginning, stories have been passed down from generation to generation. They share their stories with us… Hoping it will preserve Navajo culture.

Navajo Historian, Wally Brown, and his team are committed to sharing Diné culture. Travelling the Navajo Nation, digging through old records, interviewing elders… Getting and documenting as much as possible. When all is gathered, it is then shared. They mainly share their Navajo culture with digital videos available to everyone. They do it hoping that people will like and share the videos on social media… With the purpose of sharing and saving Navajo culture. In the video below, Wally teaches about where the name Navajo came from. “Field people”

Navajo Traditional Teachings is a story of two-man: Shane Brown, Navajo (Diné) and his father Wally Brown, a Navajo historian. They started Navajo Traditional Teachings by accident one fine day… It was just before the 2017 total eclipse… Shane said, “Dad what are the traditional beliefs about the eclipse?” He recorded the video started a Facebook page and uploaded it went VIRAL in a matter of hours we had tens of thousands of views… Watch below the viral video that started it all: Wally talks about what the eclipse means to Navajo people.

Wally knew there was a need for accessible teachings. When he was a young boy he was taught and encouraged to learn the traditional way. Trained as a medicine man early on by his grandfather. Wally became a Navajo teacher and has been teaching culture for the better part of his life… Wally’s work has always told the stories of Diné. Always trying to reach more people and get more information out there. In the following video, Wally explains Diné and other Native American teachings on bullying- He remembers that when young, Diné people are taught never to bully and that this teaching started around the age of 3 or 4 years old. Watch below!

Wally teaches about what it means to walk a path to make one a better person. Passing through the “beauty way path” by the four cardinal directions principles where beauty exists within us and around us. The principles placed within the four cardinal directions are blessingway teachings translated to English as “the four corn-pollen footsteps”: child-youth-adult-elder. In the videos below, Navajo Historian Wally Brown teaches about “the four corn-pollen path” and a little about harmony in life with all of the living world through the term: Walking in Beauty.