Reservations Navajo reservation (nation) Housing Work Sources Information Images
More than 550 tribes About 300 reservations Some are restricted to one tribe Sovereign nations Considered US citizens Free to live anywhere Aprox 1/2 of NA population (US) lives in cities Guest comes to a hotel and the receptionist asks: “Have you got a reservation?” Guest replies: “Do you think I look like an Indian?!?”
Population over 200 000 N’s are pro- educational and trying to make themselves economically self- reliant Still agricultural nation
Tipi (Teepee) - traditional dwelling of Indians living on Great Plains Mistakenly associated with all Indian tribes Made of wooden poles and hides Diameter about 5 meters Paintings on outside depending on tribe and owner of the tipi Hogan (Hooghan) – Traditional dwelling for Navajo tribe Plays important role in religious life of Navajos Made of forked poles covered with earth (except entrance and smoke hole) Entrance is traditionally covered with blanket Now sometimes replaced with plank door Or other traditional dwellings, depending on tribe and place Also many Indians assimilated with white people Half of the US population lives in towns => => Houses, flats, … “Kde domov můj, kde domov můj, …” “Dammit, that wasn’t anthem of any Native American tribe, was it?”
Many Indians still keep their traditional work Farmers, breeders, craftmans, … Nowadays a lot of them profit from tourism Showing how their ancestors lived, selling craft or art, … And those who assimilated with white people usually have common work like we are used to have … Helath Authority Warning: Too much work causes workaholic!