Peoples & Societies


Navajo refers to both the style and culture of a populous North American Indian group who live primarily in New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah, speaking an Apachean language which is classified in the Athabaskan language family. Between 1100 and 1500 CE the Navajo and Apache migrated to the Southwest from Canada, where most other Athabaskan-speaking peoples still live, although the exact timing of the relocation is unknown. The early Navajo were mobile hunters and gatherers, however, after moving to the Southwest they adopted many of the practices of the sedentary, farming Pueblo Indians near whom they settled.

Adapted from

Getty Vocabulary, AAT (Navajo: AAT: 300017740)