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Deeply rooted in tradition, the Tsaile campus of Diné College gives visitors a window into the Navajo culture with traditional Hogan-style architecture, a museum, and an annual rodeo.
The Navajo refer to themselves as the Diné, meaning “The People” or the “Children of the Holy People.” Overcoming many obstacles, they have fought fiercely to hold onto their language and traditions, and take care of their own. Education has long been of importance to the Navajo people.
Diné College, located in Tsaile on the Navajo Nation, is the first college established by and for American Indians. The two-year, tribally controlled community college is still the first and largest of its kind in the U.S. Each of the dormitories is octagon-shaped with a fireplace in the center, a reference to traditional Navajo hogan dwellings.
Visit the campus to see the Ned A. Hatathli Cultural Center Museum, a collection of Navajo artifacts, traditional clothing, and artwork. A state-of-the-art theater features documentaries on the college’s nearly 50-year history.
Catch some roping and riding entertainment at one of Diné College’s rodeo team events. The team competes in the spring, with a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association competition at the arena on campus in the fall.
Navajo Tourism Department | PO Box 663 | Window Rock, AZ | (928) 871-6000 | www.discovernavajo.com/
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