How you ever wondered what is it like to live in an indigenous community? Iowa native, Dr. Allen Manning’s immersion into a Navajo community changed the way he looks at indigenous people. Through tales of his Navajo family, Allen breaks stereotypes and shares his experience with his Navajo family. Allen Manning is an outdoor loving Davenport, Iowa native. He studied anthropology and the Navajo language. His decision to leave everything and go to live with a traditional Navajo family changed his life. His family taught him to herd sheep, chop wood, and to live as a Navajo. Later in life, he received his doctorate in education and went to work in New York City, helping big banks develop training for their employees. Mr. Manning went from a Navajo hogan to working on Wall Street. Manning currently lives in Decorah with his partner, Linda Silber, who teaches at Luther College. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at