4-H Youth & Development
The home economist agent enjoys incorporating Navajo culture within the 4-H projects, school enrichment,workshops, outreach, and anything related to youth programming. The focus is to carry out the traditional theme of 4-H club projects while incorporating Navajo teachings that strive to help youth reach their fullest potential as individuals. One of the 4-H projects that have seen an increasing interest is the weaving project. Winter time has been a perfect time to share Navajo creation stories while weaving. Navajo weaving is a history of the Navajo people and its mythology stories. More importantly, weaving is a time for the weaver to express one’s self, by the use of colors and designs. During class sessions, the agent shares traditional Navajo teachings, history and stories about weaving. The participants learn how to string their small 4 x 4 inch looms, with cotton strings, while color coordinating the wool yarn by weaving it in and out of the cotton strings. The result is a woven coaster. The weaving project is from the 4-H curriculum “New Mexico Roundup” and therefore the weaving project can be entered in the local and tribal fairs.
The agent, throughout the year, provides workshops in the areas of nutrition, diabetes, Navajo traditional foods and 4-H projects. Within the past years, the agent has established programs at the Hanaa'dli Offfice of Dine Youth, Shiprock Office of Dine Youth, Beclabito Day School and Red Mesa Elementary. The agent collaborates with the San Juan County 4-H/Home Economist agent in conducting 4-H projects classes.