Four Sacred Mountains

The Holy People placed the Navajo People on the land in between the four sacred mountains:



1. East
Mount Blanca (Tsisnaasjini’ – White Shell Mountain)
Sacred Mountain of the East
near Alamosa, Colorado

2. South 
Mount Taylor (Tsoodzil – Turquoise Mountain)
Sacred Mountain of the South
near Laguna, New Mexico

3. West 
San Francisco Peaks (Doko’oosliid – Abalone Shell Mountain)
Sacred Mountain of the West
near Flagstaff, Arizona

4. North
Mount Hesperus (Dibé Nitsaa – Obsidian Mountain)
Sacred Mountain of the North
La Plata Mountains, Colorado


 

 There are three “Inner Mountains” which are, also, sacred to the Dine’. The “Inner Mountains” are found within the territory encircled by the 4 sacred mountains:

1. Huerfano Mesa  (Dzil Na’oodilii – Holy People Encircling Mountain)
Sacred Mountain of the Center
near Bloomfield, New Mexico.
This is where Changing Woman gave birth to her twins, and lived in the first hogan.

2. Governorador Knob (Ch’oolii)
Sacred Mountain East of Center
near Navajo Dam
Where Changing Woman was discovered

3. Navajo Mountian (Naatsis’áán)
Head of the Earth
southeast Utah