Haske is a Navajo Indian word that refers to a war leader or a warrior.
Before the time of reservations and government care, the Navajo Indians were a very self-reliant, courageous, strong and healthy people. They took pride in taking care of their bodies as it reflected an inner strength that they carried with them. They could look any man in the eye with self respect and confidence. It was a warrior spirit and it was only by having this spirit that they would be able to survive the sometimes harsh conditions and circumstances they would face. They raised their children this way. Waking them up before the sun would rise to run, or rolling them in the snow during the winter, and squatting while they ate so they would be ready to run if enemies came and attacked. They knew it was the only way they could protect their children from sickness, disease, and different enemies. They had to be strong, they had to be warriors.
But somewhere between nineteenth century history and American influence, the Haske spirit has died. Diabetes, obesity, and heart disease are now a rampant part of Navajo culture.
The goal of Haske is to bring back this warrior spirit not only to the Navajo people, but to all people. By promoting a lifestyle that reflects the strength and courage of the human body, mind and spirit.
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