March 15, 2003

 

Doan: 

I have had a chance to look at your website and to discuss some of its contents with a good friend, who is a Navajo (American Indian)*. He immediately responded with interest to some of your observations.
You may like to know that according to the Navajo view of mankind's origins, the first man was made of Turquoise. The first woman was made of Silver. This is a part of the significance of these two materials in traditional Navajo jewelry. Turquoise is a sacred stone and a sacred color.
After reading some of your material I couldn't help but be impressed with the parallels with the Navajo creation story.

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* The Navajo Turkey clan is Tash Din . When I was a high school principal, the Navajo kids called me Dr. Tash. This wasnt disrespectful, but rather was simply a play on my name. Given the fact that Tash is a Navajo clan name, it actually occurs within their culture as a name. The Turkey was the last animal to escape from the flood. That is why the tip of its tail feathers are white. They were dipped in the flood.  It was a Navajo, who when hearing of the Taj Mahal, made the observation that it was where the Tash lived. Din means clan.

 

Dr. Toni Richard Turk

www.turkgenealogy.com

 

 

 

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