The Book of the Navajo

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The book of the Navajo is beautifully written and gives a much needed view unfettered by anthropological conjecture.
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The book of the Navajo is beautifully written and gives a much needed view unfettered by anthropological conjecture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876875001
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: 6TH
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 1,433,869
  • Product dimensions: 4.15 (w) x 6.89 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

The Navajos and American Indian History ix
Part 1 Dine "The People"
1. The Navajos: An Introduction to the People 3
2. Athapascan Ancestors 7
3. The Beautiful Rainbow of the Navajo 13
4. Navajo Art: "Handiwork of the Gods" 33
5. The World is Holy 45
Part 2 Navajo Legends
1. The First World of the Navajo 55
2. The Navajo Story of Creation 58
3. How The Mexicans Came to Be 80
4. The Tale of Coyote, the Troublemaker 86
5. The Hero Twins 102
6. How The People Came to Dinetah 129
Part 3 Strangers in the Land
1. The Spaniards Enter New Mexico 139
2. The Colonization of New Mexico 155
3. The Conquest of the Pueblos 171
4. Lords of the Earth 181
Part 4 The Burning Ground
1. The Navajos and the American Conquest 199
2. The "New Men" 213
3. The Death of Narbona 237
4. Calhoun's War on the Navajos 254
5. Fort Defiance 266
6. The Fearing Time 303
Part 5 The Long Walk
1. Manuelito's War 323
2. The Civil War in New Mexico 341
3. The Rope Thrower 349
4. Bosque Redondo 362
5. The Return to Dinetah 376
Part 6 The Way Back
1. Lawbreakers and Peacemakers 391
2. Learning Paper 406
3. A Crowded Land 420
4. Between Two Worlds 435
5. The Navajos Help Themselves 452
6. The Navajos Today 459
1. Present day Dinetah 52
2. Ancient Dinetah 388
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2004

    A decent overview

    I enjoyed the book, but it needs to be updated. This book is a decent overview of Navajo history. It tells you of their background and explains the context in which they live, but has almost nothing about recent tribal issues. If you're heading to Navajoland next month and want some background, read this book. If you expect to interact with any Navajo, read the newspaper.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2000

    Not a scholarly work; has some useful facts

    Indeed 'infettered by anthropological conjecture'. Also unfettered by bibliography or any useful footnotes. From the vast literature on the Navajo (and their occasional propensity to tease or mislead bellaganas), it would be useful to be able to check all sources for certain points.

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