Athabaskan people and language, 1780, from Spanish Apaches de Nabaju (1629), from Tewa (Tanoan) Navahu, said to mean literally "large field" or "large planted field," containing nava "field" and hu "valley." Spanish Navajo was used 17c. in reference to the area now in northwestern New Mexico.
A tribe of Native Americans, the most numerous in the United States. The Navajos have reservations in the Southwest.
Note: The Navajos were forced to move by United States troops under Kit Carson in 1864. They call the march, on which many died, the Long Walk.
Note: Today, they are known for their houses, called hogans, made of logs and earth; for their work as ranchers and shepherds; and for their skill in weaving distinctive blankets and fashioning turquoise and silver jewelry.