Peace Making the Navajo Way

| December 29, 2019 | Leave a Comment

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Author(s): Mark Sorensen

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How I fell in love with the depth of the Navajo people and the cultural values they have developed—and how their system of Peacemaking could be a gift to the world.

Forty years ago I moved to the heart of the Navajo Reservation in northern Arizona. I was a graduate student, working on my PhD at the University of Illinois, and I wanted to live for a while among the People, the Dine’, to find out what research for my dissertation would be most helpful to the tribe. Within a few weeks, I fell in love: in love with the incredible landscape of red sandstone cliffs and mesas that was as different from the Midwestern rain and black soil as if I had moved to Mars. And in love with the magnificent people and the way they welcomed me as family. So I dropped out of my doctoral program and decided to stay in Navajoland.

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