Tó (Water) Patterns
Water and the lack of it are always deep concerns in the desert southwest. Tó (pronounced "Toh") is the Navajo word for water. Many places on the reservation are named for natural springs or other water sources. For example: Iyanbito translates to Buffalo Springs, Naakaiibito translates to Mexican Springs, Tohatchi (Tó'háách'id) translates to Water was dug out with hands. As water can often be scarce in these lands, it is revered and deeply important for the many tribes in the southwest. The clouds and rain of the monsoon season are always welcomed. These designs represent our interpretation of rain and clouds that we cherish.