came, the two–she from Turquoise Mountain, blessed to walk in beauty, he from Star Mountain, blessed with strength in the dawning. They came as one with the song of protection and in harmony with the universe, in harmony with all things that have no end: the sun, the moon, the turning of day and night, the season, the sky, and the earth. And they knew the male and female of all that existed.
were happy, for they knew they had lived in the way they were taught; and they knew it was good, for they lived in harmony with all creation.
And in that home between the sacred mountains by Pointed Rock near a place called “Where-The-Deer-Make-Their-Track” came not one child but many children, and they too walked in beauty; and they lived in the home, and everything that belonged in their home was theirs, each sharing a portion of whatever existed there.
For when a child is born in the Navajo way, he is not separated into a different room or lodging but is kept in the harmony of the home, sleeping near his father and mother until he is old enough to be on his own at about six years of age. It is the Navajo way—the way of the family.
moment the child comes into this world, he becomes a part of a sacred unit—the family. He immediately inherits a portion of that home and all else that exists there.
And should he go away when he becomes old enough, he still has a home, he still has sheep or horses, he still has land; and it is forbidden to destroy them or give them away without his knowing. All that he has are spoken of as his possessions; they are sacred possessions. If someone should want them, the mother will say, “No, that belongs to my child who is away. I cannot give you what is his. It is not right for me to give them away.”