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Food is Sacred - Tyrell Woolboy

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One of my favorite stories told to me a few years ago. Traditionally, Navajo aren't allowed to have relationships with their bloodline, such as their aunt’s/uncle’s children (in other words: cousins) but the term cousin doesn't exist in Navajo. The story goes; the mountain on the top picture is considered a female who was getting involved with her cousin brother, the male mountain on bottom. So with this becoming an issue, her nephew was placed between them so they couldn't interact with each other anymore. They say the two mountains are not allowed to see each other and if ever they do see each other, it was theorized to be the end of the world.

This can also relate to the reason of the Enemy Way Ceremony when the woman uses her nephew as the child to be placed between the couple during the ceremony.

I was told this story by my mom who was told by her nalii man while they were traveling through there.




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