"Changing Woman is perhaps the most revered of deities among the Native Americans of the southwestern United States. She is a wholly benevolent figure, for it is Changing Woman who gives the people their abundance & who provides the teachings that allow them to live in harmony with all things. In the initiation ceremony of Navajo women, the initiate takes in the power of Changing Woman so that she might learn the values of love, hospitality, & generosity & know that she herself is a source of food & harmony. Changing Woman received her name because she can change at will from a baby to a girl to a young woman to an old woman & then back again. Very much alive today, she is a tremendously nourishing goddess who teaches the wisdom of nature & the cycles of birth & death."