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She’s Going Door To Door With Light, And Older Navajos Have Never Seen Anything Like It

She has a respect for it handed down to her through countless Navajo generations, and she's using that faith to help her elders accept the gift of power from the sun.

She’s Going Door To Door With Light, And Older Navajos Have Never Seen Anything Like It

The Navajo have always considered the sun to be an important god.

In the beginning, Jóhonaa'éí joined with the female earth to create all life. "Jóhonaa'éí" is pronounced "jo-ho-nai-ay."


Adrian Manygoats is a modern Navajo woman who continues to hold the sun in the deepest respect, starting each day with a prayer to him. It drives her.

So Manygoats is on a mission.

Nearly half of the Navajo nation lives under the poverty line, with around 18,000 homes lacking electricity.

Many Navajo elders live off the grid, lighting their homes with dangerous and expensive kerosene.

Manygoats helped found the Navajo Women's Energy Project.

Their goal is to end the use of kerosene.

Working for Eagle Energy, a branch of nonprofit Elephant Energy, Manygoats visits as many of her elders as she can with an offer to install free rooftop solar panels for them.

At first, some elders aren't too sure about this.

Manygoats often finds that the elders' respect for the sun comes with a keen awareness of its awesome destructive power.

So she sits down with them, and they have a serious conversation about their shared faith. Once everyone agrees about how this all fits in with traditional beliefs, she and her team can get to work.

When the work is done, the homeowners are delighted to have power directly from Jóhonaa'éí. And for free. It's kind of unbelievable for them, really.

So far, Eagle Energy has installed solar panels on about 350 homes. It's a start.

Here's a heartwarming video about Manygoat's inspiring mission.

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A man who uses a wheelchair fell onto the tracks in a New York City subway station on Wednesday afternoon. A CBS New York writer was at the scene of the incident and says that people rushed to save the man after they heard him "whimpering."

It's unclear why the man fell onto the tracks.

A brave rescuer risked his life by jumping on the tracks to get the man to safety knowing that the train would come barreling in at any second. The footage is even more dramatic because you can hear the station's PA system announce that the train is on its way.

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