Knowing one’s culture implies being educated about who you are, what social order expects of you, and it provides the primary steps to individual identity. Stories of the Emergence, Trotting Coyote, First Man and Spider Woman, among others, teach the past, suggest the present, and create a pathway to a satisfying future. Through recurring themes rich in symbolism, we discover the Corn Pollen Path, the Navajo way of life, and aspire to continue life’s journey upon it.
Cultural foundations, given to Brown by long-lived grandparents, helped him weather the changing world on the Navajo Nation. Life experiences taught him the value of preserving the traditional teachings that are not available in print. Hoping to bring a restoration to his people, he began “talking culture” and found an ever-broadening audience, one who desires a greater understanding of Navajo people, the Diné.