Serve and learn in the Navajo Nation. The cultural home to the Navajo people, and a place marked with beautiful sandstone mesas, towering buttes, colorful canyons, and dramatic desert scenery.
Amizade has partnered in the Navajo Nation since 1998. It is the largest of the Indian Reservations in the US extending over four states – Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. The Navajo people share rich cultural traditions and are well known for their contributions to the world at large, including the role of the Navajo Code Talkers in WWII and their exquisite artistry. Current challenges include maintaining cultural identity, educating their children, and economic development.
Programs focus on cross cultural understanding.
SHORT TERM & CUSTOMIZED
A program for travelers 60 and up. May 4-11, 2024.
LISTEN, EXPLORE & LEARN IN THE NAVAJO NATION
NAVAJO NATION TEAM
The main themes associated with our programs in the Navajo Nation.
• Construction & Maintenance
• Cultural Heritage & Traditions
• Slavery & Colonialism
• Indigenous Communities
HEALTH & SAFETY
As you or your loved one prepares to serve with Amizade in the Navajo Nation, you can rest comfortably with the knowledge that Amizade has an exceptionally strong safety record and ability to respond to any emerging challenges.
Review the Amizade Navajo Nation Site Handbook.
Adkins, Adam (1997). Secret War: The Navajo Code Talkers in World War II. New Mexico Historical Review, October 1997
Begay, R. (2001). Doo dilzin da: Abuse of the natural world. American Indian Quarterly, 25(1), 21-27.
Johansen, B. E. (1994). The High Cost of Uranium in Navajoland. Excerpted from Ecocide of Native America: Environmental Destruction of Indiana Lands and Peoples, by Donald A. Grinde, Jr., and Bruce E. Johansen. Santa Fe: Clear Light Publishers, 1994.
Lee, Lloyd L. (2007). The future of Navajo nationalism. Wicazo Sa Review 22.1 (2007) 53-68
Lee, Lloyd L. (2008). Reclaiming indigenous intellectual, political, and geographic space. A path for Navajo nationhood. American Indian Quarterly, 32(1)
McCloskey, J. (1998). Three generations of Navajo women. American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 22(2).
McPherson, R. (1998). Navajo livestock reduction in Southeastern Utah, 1933-1946: History repeats itself. American Indian Quarterly, 22(1-2), 1-18.
Schwartz, M. T. (1997). Unraveling the anchoring cord: Navajo relocation, 1974-1996. American Anthropologist, 99(1), 43-55.
Tohe, L. (2000). There is no word for feminism in my language. Wicazo Sa Review: A Journal of Native American Studies, 15(2), 103-110.
Tohe, L. (2007). Hwéeldi Bééhániih: Remembering the Long Walk. Wicazo Sa Review: A Journal of Native American Studies, 22(1), 77-82.
Yazzie, R. (1994). Life Comes From It: Navajo justice concepts. New Mexico Law Review: Indian Law Symposium, 24(2), 175-190.
Alexie, S. (2007). The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Little, Brown.
Yazzie, R. (1994). Life comes from it: Navajo justice concepts. The Ecology of Justice (IC#38) pg. 29
Nielsen, O. Marianne and Zion, W James (2005). Navajo Nation Peacemaking. Living Traditional Justice The University of Arizona Press, Tucson.
Broken Rainbow (highly recommended for all participants to watch before visiting the Navajo Nation!)
Morgan Spurlock: 30 Days: Life on an Indian Reservation (on Hulu)
The Opportunity to Do: Reflections from a visit to the Navajo Nation
Gwendolyn Flaherty of Agnes Scott College recently traveled to the…+ READ MORE
Meeting with a Navajo Code Talker
Recently, Amizade volunteer Theresa Ferraro alongside her friends from Weatherby…+ READ MORE
Sharing and learning in the Navajo Nation
By Amizade alum Kira Traxler When given the option to…+ READ MORE