After I posted my previous post about Yankton Chief White Swan and the difference between a Soldier and a Warrior, I remembered a story recounted by my Navajo grandmother's aunt, Tiana Bighorse in her book Bighorse the Warrior. So, here is a second entry on Veteran's Day, this time from my Navajo side of the family.
When Mr. Bighorse is a boy, he goes with his father. His father teaches him everything that a boy should do to become a man. And what he shouldn't do. And his father tells him, 'You will be a brave and be a warrior some day.'
In Navajo, a warrior means someone who can get through the snowstorm when no one else can.
In Navajo, a warrior is the one that doesn't get the flu when everyone else does--the only one walking around, making a fire for the sick, giving them medicine, feeding them food, making them strong to fight the flu.
In Navajo, a warrior is the one who can use words so everyone knows they are part of the same family. In Navajo, a warrior says what is in the people's hearts. Talks about what the land means to them. Brings them together to fight for it.