Rose Ann Benally participated in the Ishare interviews with elders at the Fort Defiance Senior Citizen Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona. She speaks the traditional Navajo language and likes to tease and joke, a Navajo trait that is often forgotten when conversing with others today. She shared her thin metal token, referred to as be' be'e'sh thiihi (thin metal). She is proud to have it and says it goes where she goes. The thin metal has a number engraved onto it, that is assigned to her by the United States Government to keep record of her sheep (1930 Sheep Reduction Era), or any food and material rations given to the Navajos in the early 1900's.
Our first contact name given in the 1600's was Navajo by the Spaniards, which is a Spanish butchering of a Navajo word. We were known as Naabaani,, The Fierce Warriors. Today, we refer to ourselves as Diné, The People, also Náhookah Diyin Diné, the Earth Surface Holy People.