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What is ShipRock? (Naatʼáanii Nééz)

I was learning Navajo and I noticed it was talking about Shiprock a lot does anyone know what this is?

March 16, 2020



It is a spiritual place for the Native Americans. There is an abundance of knowledge about it with a Bing or google search.


It's a place in the Southern United States.


Ok Thanks sorry I didn't know do you know why they talk about in this course so much?


It is popular with most Navajos.


Ah ok thanks for the info


My mother spent her last years living in Farmington, NM (New Mexico). While she was dying of cancer, I made many trips to visit her, flying from Oakland, CA to Albuquerque, NM, renting a car, and driving from Albuquerque to Farmington, about 200 miles each way on Highway 550. In New Mexico, one is surrounded by Navajo culture (as well as other cultures). My wife (born in Hong Kong) was always mistaken for Navajo when we visited together.

Being in that part of New Mexico (northwest), one always visits Shiprock. It is the local outstanding geological feature.


It features in a lot of Navajo legends.


There are two Shiprocks: the geological formation, called Tsé Bitʼaʼí in Diné, and the nearby town of Shiprock, called Naatʼáanii Nééz or Tooh. The sentences in the lesson refer to the town. Its two names are Naatʼáanii Nééz, which refers to a former BIA leader in the area, and Tooh, which a native speaker on the forums explained comes from the name of the San Juan River.

There are Wikipedia articles about both in Diné: https://nv.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naat%CA%BC%C3%A1anii_N%C3%A9%C3%A9z and https://nv.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ts%C3%A9_Bit%CA%BCa%CA%BC%C3%AD

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