IU Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Digital Exhibits

Hózhó: Navajo Beauty, Navajo Weavings

In the Navajo way of approaching the world there are relationships, balance, and harmony in everything. People, places, animals, things, and the wider universe exist together—ideally in a state of balance and harmony often referred to as Hózhó in the Diné bizaad (Navajo) language.

Often translated simply as beauty and balance, Hózhó refers to far more than the physical beauty or aesthetic of an object. It is a complicated concept that emphasizes ways in which the world is interconnected and balanced between the static and changing, the part and the whole, and the physical and spiritual.  Though each individual expresses Hózhó in personal ways, we can see some outward signs of it in the Navajo weavings displayed here. Through color, pattern, and more, ideas of Navajo beauty are woven into the very fabric itself.


Digital Exhibit by Ethan MIller