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Southwest Navajo
Food & Clothing

What did the Navajo eat?

The Navajo were farmers, hunters and gatherers. They hunted on horseback. But they tended sheep and planted corn. The sheep were important. Sheep provided wool and food. Corn was even more important. In olden times, the Navajo held religious ceremonies to honor "The Corn People", the supernatural beings who kept the corn safe. The Navajo also grew beans, squash, melons, pumpkins, and fruit.

What did the Navajo wear?

When the weather was cold, they wore clothing made from deerskin, sheepskin, and wool. These clothes were very colorful. They loved silver jewelry, decorated with turquoise, and wore a great deal of it. When the weather was hot, they wore very little clothing.

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