In her delicate and aged hands,
thin strips of three-leaf sumac are carefully laced and woven.
Shikáagí, shiyaagí hozhǫ́dóo
T’áá ałtso shinaagóó hózhó dóo’
In beauty I walk
With beauty before me I walk
With beauty behind me I walk
With beauty above me I walk, with beauty around me
I walk It has become beauty again
Sacred and alive with caring hands,
Sunbeams light her creations—
embraced with beauty,
She is the only home I have ever known.
Haalánee’ (No direct English translation; used as a term of endearment)
Alyssa Nakai is a student at Navajo Technical University.