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Navajo in United States


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
302,000 Navajo Christianity 60.00 % 3.00 %   

Navajo in United States

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Introduction / History
The Navajo people are an indigenous tribe located in the southwest of the United States. They refer to themselves as the Diné, and speak an Athabaskan language. The Navajo people first encountered Spanish colonizers in the 17th century, and have undergone much hardship and near extinction. The Navajo people today are a federally recognized nation with its own sovereignty, and self governing authorities on the reservation.

Where are they located?
Most Navajos live on the Navajo reservation, which is made up of the boundaries of northeast Arizona, northwest New Mexico, and southeast Utah. It is the largest Indian reservation in the United States. Other Navajos live in rural towns near the reservation.

What are their lives like?
Navajos live modern life while still retaining their culture and heritage. While some are employed and working, there are others that are poverty stricken. There are problems that exist on the reservation such as alcohol and drug abuse, and family problems. Despite all this, Navajos have adjusted and adapted to modern American living for the most part.

What are their beliefs?
Some Navajos are Christian, but are mostly either non-religious or believe in the Navajo Traditional Religion. There is also a multitude of those involved in the Native American Church. The Navajo Traditional Religion is the Indigenous religion of the Navajo passed down from generation to generation. There are many elements of animism and shamanism in their Traditional Religion.

Canyon de Chelly through Navajo Eyes, Sky Horse Productions, (2016) Retrieved from: Linford, L.D., Navajo Places: History, Legend, Landscape, The University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, UT Matthews W., Navaho Legends, The University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, UT Navajo Nation Government, (ND) Retrieved from: Oral Tradition and History of the Diné

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Country: United States
Continent: North America
Region: America, North and Caribbean
10/40 Window: No
Total States on file:46
Location in Country:Arizona: northeast; Colorado; New Mexico: northwest; Utah: southeast.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Navajo
People Name General: Navajo
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ROP3 Code: 107125
Joshua Project People ID: 13257
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 302,000
Population all Countries: 302,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: North American Indigenous
People Name General: Navajo
Ethnic Code: MIR38a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Navajo (302,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): nav    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Independent
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity60.00 %(Evangelical: 3.00 %)
Ethnic Religions25.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious15.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent60.00 %
Protestant20.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic20.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
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Bible Portions: 1910-1994
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1985-2000
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Navajo
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
Text / Printed MatterBible: Navajo Bible
Text / Printed MatterMulti-Language Media
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Navajo in United States

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