“It is dawn. The sun is rising in the sky and my grandmother and I are singing prayers to the horizon. This morning, she’s teaching me the meaning of hozhó. Although there’s no direct translation from Diné Bizaad, the Navajo language, into English, every living being knows what hozhó means. For hozhó is every drop of rain. It is every leaf on every tree. It is your every eyelash. It is every feather on the blue bird’s wing. Hozhó is undeniable beauty that surrounds us. Hozhó is remembering that you are part of the Earth’s brilliance. ” ~ Lyla June Johnston
Lyla June Johnston is a Diné woman trained in environmental sciences at Stanford University and the ecological sciences of her native elders. She is currently a Candidate for New Mexico House District 47 and has worked with communities both locally and internationally to usher in the socio-ecological solutions we need in this critical time.
Video by Syd Woodward and Hemmie Lindholm at Come To Life Media.