Why every Navajo baby's first laugh is celebrated by Kyle Muzyka CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation):
During the time of the COVID-19 Pandmic of 2020, people around the world have missed out on cultural rights of passage, such as death, birth, marriage, and coming of age ceremonies. The Dine' have been suffering the same loss of mourning and celebration. A friend shared this delightful story of Jaclyn Roessel, founder and director of Grownup Navajo, Santa Fe, NM, made her niece laugh for the first time. It's worth listening to this interview for an insight into a unique part of the Navajo culture. It says a lot about a people who have a celebration of humor. Head the advice of Dine' aunties, "Make sure you have a payday coming if you're going to be playing with the baby." Please listen.