The Four Sacred Mountains of the Navajo

The four sacred mountains in Diné bizaad (Navajo)
The four sacred mountains in English and Diné bizaad (the Navajo language). Source: http://www.crowcanyon.org/EducationProducts/peoples_mesa_verde/images/map_sacred_mountains.asp
Dinétah - meaning "Among the people," is the traditional homeland of the Diné (Navajo people).
Dinétah – meaning “Among the people,” is the traditional homeland of the Diné (Navajo people), between the four sacred mountains. Source: http://nv.wikipedia.org/wiki/E%CA%BCelyaa%C3%ADg%C3%AD%C3%AD:SisTsooDooDi.svg
The Four Sacred Mountains
The Four Sacred Mountains

In Diné Bahaneʼ (The Navajo creation story), it is said that the creator placed the Diné on land between four mountains, representing the four cardinal directions. The are the Dził Diyinii Dį́į’go Sinil – The Four Sacred Mountains in Diné bizaad (the Navajo language):
– Blanca Peak, the sacred mountain of the east – Sisnaajiní, “the dawn,” or “white shell mountain.” Associated with the color white.
– Mount Taylor, the sacred mountain of the south – Tsoodził, “turquoise mountain,” or “blue bead.” Associated with the color blue.
– San Francisco Peak, the sacred mountain of the west. – Dook’o’oosłííd, “the summit which never melts” or “abalone shell mountain.” Associated with the color yellow.
– Hesperus Mountain, the sacred mountain of the north – Dibé Nitsaa, “big sheep.” Associated with the color black.

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    • According to our ancestor’s teaching’s, there are six sacred mountains, Four commonly knowns are the ones located in four cardinal directions. Ch’ool’i’i Gobernador Knob or Nitl’z Dzil Hard Goods Mountain is near the east center of the Dine homeland, located near Farmington, New Mexico. Dzil Na’ oodilii Huerfano Mesa also known as Yodi Dzil Soft Goods Mountain is the center of the Dine dwelling, located near Farmington New Mexico.

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