Walking in beauty: Navajo educator, dancer, musician and medicine man James Peshlakai passes at 71

| March 8, 2017

By Erin Ford • Grand Canyon News

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — As a child, Yadira Caballero remembers hearing about her Navajo culture, watching community children learning the hoop dance and the eagle dance from tireless teacher, educator and medicine man James Peshlakai. He passed away Feb. 4 at the age of 71 in Cameron, Arizona, where he lived with his wife of 52 years, Mae.

Peshlakai was of the Tobacco Red House Clan, born for the Cliff Dweller Clan. His paternal grandfathers were the Red Streak into the Water Clan and his maternal grandfathers were the Wandering People Clan.

He was born on the Navajo reservation in 1945, north of what is now Wupatki National Monument to Clyde and Katherine Beshlagaii.

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