Navajo Self-Reliance during the Fall 2020-21 School Year


As we move into the Fall 2020 school year, many Native American tribes also start transitioning into seasonal cultural events such as winter storytelling and ceremonies. One teaching however, is year-round and never gets old: T’áá hwó’ ajít’éego, or “It’s up to you.” Dine’ parents, teachers and families have heard about this traditional value since they were young. According to Wally Brown, Dine’ medicine man, keeping your spirit healthy is the first step toward caring for others and can be rewarding in the long run.

We have ongoing struggles with the digital divide, homework, teaching, and parenting during the pandemic. Don’t let it get you down.

Wally Brown teaches about K’e and the origins of Dine’ self-reliance.

Here are some basic takeaways of T’áá hwó’ ajít’éego:

  • Don’t be selfish like Coyote. Think of others.
  • K’é means family. You need to be self-reliant to care for yourself and others.
  • Stay resilient.

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