Tsoodził- Turquoise Mountain

DMA Dine’ Word of the week “Tsoodził” (Mt Taylor) –meaning Turquoise Mountain. It is the sacred mountain of the South in Dine’ culture because it is considered the home of all animals/birds, female rain (soft rain) and is the origin for the Navajo blessing way ceremony (Highest blessing for the Dine’ people). The Mountain itself is said to be decorated in turquoise at early morning dawn. It also holds a special meaning in the Dine’ history because when the Navajo returned from Bosque Redondo, where they were imprisoned for four years after the “Long Walk,” the Dine’ people were so happy and overcome with emotion that they fell to their knees and cried tears of joy at the site of this mountain, because it meant they were safe at home again. Therefore the mountain itself is also a symbol of perseverance.

Mt Taylor is located northeast of Grants New Mexico and is the highest point in the Cibola National Forest.

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