We Walk in Beauty

Ruth Benally, Navajo

Ruth Benally

Do you have a specific memory that stands out in your mind when you were young?
"I was born with it. My late mother and father taught me everything that is traditional."

How is your life different from your parents or grandparents?
"Culture tells me about everything, the wind, the rain, the sun, the morning dew, the evening down."

What traditions from the past do you still continue to practice?
"Tradition tells me I live with everything around me. My home, my livestock, my land and the water."

What was your impression on having your photograph taken?
"I am inspired to have my photo taken because the weaver has a lot of traditional Dine. Weavers today care for our grandkids and tells them all about our traditional ways."

What do you see for the future?
"I always pray for my self, my children, and my grandkids. We walk in beauty!"

Navajo Weavers Four Generations

Given name: Ruth Benally
Date of birth: August 26, 1923
Place of birth: in Hogan on Big Mountain
Tribe: Dine
Maternal clan: Mexican Clan, Red Tall House Clan
Paternal clan: Red Tall House
Years photographs were taken: 1993, 2002, 2003