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About the Study Logo

Navajo Nation Birth Cohort Study

The study logo was created by Navajo Birth Cohort Study Team Member, Sandy Ramone, and has strong cultural significance. Iiná Nizhóní is translated to A Beautiful Life for Mother and Baby in English. Child birth is one of the most sacred events for a Diné family. Ultimate desire of all Nihokáá Dine’é (“Worldly People”) is to achieve a Iiná Nizhóní (a “life beautiful”) before and after the birth of a child. The white blanket with stripes is an traditional design, reflective of age-old Navajo teachings that continue today. The baby represents all Navajo newborns and their quest for a beautiful life. The four mountains represent the four Navajo sacred mountains and also emphasize that study will be Navajo Nation-wide.