Sumary of Women have long been the leaders in Navajo culture. Now they’re steering the fight against Covid:
- Sitting in the passenger seat of her husband pickup truck just before dusk, Eugenia Charles-Newton watched a young Navajo girl, her niece, at a traditional kinaaldá ceremony in Shiprock, New Mexico..
- Don J Usner/Searchlight NM Women have long been front and center when it comes to making things happen on the Navajo Nation..
- Don J Usner/ Searchlight NM/Don Usner The virus is typically more lethal for Navajo men – but that changes in the golden years, statistics show..
- Dressed in full traditional attire – velvet shirt and skirt, moccasins, jewelry, a sash, crown, plus a mask and gloves – she continues to give out care packages in remote Navajo communities, from Oljato, Utah, and Chinle, Arizona, to chapters in north-west New Mexico..
- Don J Usner/Searchlight NM Charles-Newton, the council delegate, is among the countless other women engaged in relief work..
- In late July, before driving two hours to an emergency council meeting in Window Rock, Charles-Newton threw on her safety-approved clothing (long-sleeved T-shirt, baseball cap, pants), put on her mask, jumped in her truck and picked up cases of water to deliver to a mother and daughter in Shiprock who had no running water or electricity….