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Do You Know Of Any Famous Navajos?

by Anura Guruge


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I don’t, BUT do YOU — other than, of course, the justly famous Navajo Code Talkers?

Well when we were at Canyon de Chelly (AZ) last week I asked this from five ‘educated’ & ‘articulate’ Navajos: two licensed Navajo guides, two very bright and talented students and one gifted artist. They could NOT come up with any names — other than ‘you know there is that actor‘. I didn’t know, and had to Google him. Not sure he is that famous.

So, what gives here? This bothers & worries me.

There are supposedly (per what I heard on the radio while out in the ‘Navajo Nation‘) close to 400,000 Navajo in the U.S. That is a respectable number.

So, I started by checking it out on Wikipedia. I found this, NOT counting the native artists — and they, with all due respect, don’t really count because they have no competition so to speak.



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Maybe I am being unrealistic or missing something. But, I, however, don’t think so.

Let’s go back to the start. You would have expected the five Navajos that I spoke to rattle off a list. A list they knew. One guide told me that nobody had ever asked him that question, i.e., who are the famous Navajo.

Yes, they have issues and problems. I have seen it first hand. This was NOT my first rodeo with Navajo. It was my fourth visit to the Navajo Nation and I have been spending time in Arizona Indian reservations since the early 1980s.

Things, ALAS, are NOT getting better. If anything worse. Yes, of course, you see a few exceptions — youngsters doing real well and that give you hope — but not as much as you would like,

I intend to write more on this because I did spend a fair amount of time talking to as many Navajos as I could to try and understand their issues and lives.

My goal is to try and help them as much as I can — and I know that I can’t do much. But, maybe I can give them a voice, some visibility and a platform.

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Think – Today: Why Does The Moon Have A “Dark Side”?

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You must have heard the expression “dark side of the moon” (or maybe even heard the ‘Pink Floyd‘ song of that title)? What does it mean? Why does the moon have a dark side?


Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.


Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Break a leg” — in the Middle Ages (think ‘Shakespeare’) audiences showed their appreciation to a stage performer by banging their legs on the wooden floor of the ‘theater’. IF somebody got carried away they could break their leg by banging it too hard. So the ‘break a leg’ didn’t apply to the performer. What it means is: “go out and do such a great performance that somebody in the audience breaks their leg by banging it so hard!” 


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Think – Today: Why Wish A Performer “Break A Leg”?

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actorWhere does the expression “break a leg” used as a “all the best” wish for performers (e.g., actors, singers etc.) come from?


Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.


Yesterday’s ‘Think’: The first element to be scientifically discovered — phosphorus, in 1669. It was extracted from human urine.


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