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A History of the Navajos: The Reservation Years

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When ethnohistorians Garrick and Roberta Bailey arrived in Farmington, New Mexico, in 1977 to conduct field research on the Navajos, they soon realized the truth of what they had been told by members of other tribes: Navajos weren't like other Indians. While many Native Americans have subordinated their tribal identity to their identity as Indians, unique historical circumstances have allowed the Navajos to maintain their uniqueness. A History of the Navajos examines these circumstances over the century and more ...
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Overview

When ethnohistorians Garrick and Roberta Bailey arrived in Farmington, New Mexico, in 1977 to conduct field research on the Navajos, they soon realized the truth of what they had been told by members of other tribes: Navajos weren't like other Indians. While many Native Americans have subordinated their tribal identity to their identity as Indians, unique historical circumstances have allowed the Navajos to maintain their uniqueness. A History of the Navajos examines these circumstances over the century and more that the tribe has lived on the reservation.

A scholarly but readable account of changes in Navajo culture as a result of interaction with American society.

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What makes the Navajo experience different from that of other Indian groups, ask the authors. In response, they give a comprehensive examination of the economic, social, and cultural factors that have shaped the development of the modern Navajo. In a highly readable, scholarly account they trace the interaction of Navajo cultural adaptations and U.S. government policies, drawing heavily upon U.S. government statistics. Because it integrates many individual aspects of the Navajo experience, this is an important addition to the growing body of Navajo literature. Recommended for public and academic libraries. Mary B. Davis, Museum of the American Indian Lib., New York
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The first paperback edition of the School of American Research edition of 1986. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780933452282
  • Publisher: School for Advanced Research Press
  • Publication date: 12/13/1999
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.01 (d)

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