The Navajo Concept of Wind

Show simple item record Hall, Della en_US 2011-05-11T19:15:10Z 2011-05-11T19:15:10Z 2011-05-09 en_US
dc.description.abstract Wind – in Navajo language – is most commonly referred to as nilch’i. In simple terms, nilch’i may be translated as “the wind,” or as “holy wind.” But that simple translation does not capture the word’s full meaning. For the Navajo, nilch’i is considered the means of life. It represents not only a god, or holy person, but also a means of communication, the act of breathing, and every Navajo’s soul. Wind is present in virtually all aspects of Navajo culture. For this conference paper I will be focusing on three key topics: birth, the inner-wind soul, and religion. By understanding how wind fits into each of these themes, one can better understand the complexity and importance of this abstract concept of Wind – for which there is no equivalent in non-Native American Indian cultures of America. My paper will contribute a more complete grasp of the concept of Navajo Wind. en_US
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dc.publisher Georgia Institute of Technology en_US
dc.subject Navajo en_US
dc.subject Wind en_US
dc.subject Native American Indians en_US
dc.subject Indians en_US
dc.subject Native Americans en_US
dc.title The Navajo Concept of Wind en_US
dc.type Undergraduate Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.department History, Technology, and Society en_US
dc.description.advisor Flamming, Douglas - Faculty Mentor ; Usselman, Steven - Committee Member/Second Reader en_US

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