Hózhó

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Celebrate a beautiful Diné philosophy.

Hózhó is a term that refers to a concept found in Navajo culture that refers to an interconnectedness between beauty, harmony and goodness in all things physical and spiritual.  Hózhó is a complex belief system comprised of principles that guide one's thoughts, actions, behaviors, and speech. The teachings of Hózhó are imbedded in the Hózhóójí Nanitiin given to the Diné by the Yoołgaii Asdzáá (White Shell Woman) and the Diné holy people. Hózhó philosophy emphasizes that humans are self-empowered through thought, speech, and behavior. Likewise, Hózhó acknowledges that humans can self-destruct by thinking, speaking, and behaving irresponsibly. As such, the Hózhó philosophy offers key elements of the moral and behavioral conduct necessary for a long healthy life, placing an emphasis on the importance of maintaining relationships by developing pride of one's body, mind, soul, spirit and honoring all life.

Shiprock is an epicenter of legend within the Navajo culture. Called Tsé Bitʼaʼí or “the rock with wings,” myth says that the Shiprock was a piece of land that became a bird, carrying the ancestral people of the Navajo on its back. At sundown, the enormous creature settled in its current location and promptly turned back to stone. The newly-arrived people settled on the rock’s peak, leaving only to collect food and water. However, one day the outcrop was unexpectedly struck by lightning, stranding members of the tribe among its shards. Since then, the rock has been forbidden to people, who may disturb the ghostly spirits of those left behind.  Although the steep, perilous sides of the Shiprock were once considered a great prize among rock climbers, human ascents have been expressly off-limits since 1970, in accordance with Navajo custom.

The volcanic plume that is Tsé Bitʼaʼí was formed around 30 million years ago, developing as a plug within the vent of an active volcano. Over time, the rest of the volcano eroded away, leaving the jagged outcrop all alone in a vast expanse of plain. Standing over 1,500 feet, it can be seen for miles and miles.