Leisure Recreation and the Arts

Women relatives and friends commonly spend idle hours quietly chatting while doing craftwork, cleaning vegetables, roasting corn, or performing other household tasks in each other's company. Sweat bathing is a favorite leisure time activity, and is strictly sexually segregated. While sweat bathing, men and women entertain themselves or each other by practicing songs, discussing politics, and telling stories, including origin stories, the oration of which, while normally limited to the winter months, can occur in a sweathouse during any season.

Male Enemy Way singing groups traverse the reservation throughout the summer season to entertain during the social dancing portions of this important ceremony. During the winter season, male teams of shoe-game partners travel to various communities for competitions. To supplement food resources and for pleasure, men hunt with other men in groups of two or three. Men also drink on or off reservation with male drinking partners. Importantly, each of these leisure-time activities is delimited by traditional Navajo values such as cooperation with and responsibility toward relatives.

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