NIDA Contest Entry

Caitlin, Navajo, Age 21, Arizona


For my drawing class, we had to incorporate various elements into one big drawing. I decided to focus on my culture which makes up who I am as an individual. I find so much beauty within my culture and traditions, so I included a hogan, a navajo wedding basket and myself. Indigenous people are given the wrong stereotype that we are alcoholics or drug addicts. Without colonization, we would be prospering amongst ourselves and embracing our beautiful cultures. This piece embraces the beauty I see within our identity as a Dinè woman.



I was adopted, and a recent DNA test shows I’m Native. How do I find my tribe and begin reconnecting?

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