Díné/Navajo stories of afterlife

Steve Darden 

Steve Darden told the Henry Luce Foundation that he lived on a dirt floor for the first five years of his life, with no running water. Darden, now the vice chair of the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission, called it the best thing that had ever happened to him, because he got to really learn about his identity and relationship with the four sacred elements of Earth: air, wind, fire, and water.

Darden will bring that perspective when he shares Diné/Navajo Stories About Death, the Afterlife, Grief, and Renewal. The talk is presented by the University of New Mexico Institute for American Indian Research and focuses on his research into these areas, as well as Navajo Nation burial practices.

Darden also is a member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and former city of Flagstaff judge and director of Native Americans for Community Action. He also was named a 2021 Luce Indigenous knowledge fellow for being “committed to preserving and sharing Indigenous knowledge with future generations.”

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