The Navajo

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The Navajo are the second largest Indigenous Nation in the United States today. Throughout the Southwest in their ancestral territories of what are now northern Arizona and New Mexico, southern Utah, and Colorado, the Navajo were successful in their resistance to Spanish and Mexican invasions into their territory. However, as part of the program of Manifest Destiny, the United States waged an all-out war, defeating these resilient people in 1863. Between 1863 and 1868, more than half of the Navajo were forcibly ...

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Overview

The Navajo are the second largest Indigenous Nation in the United States today. Throughout the Southwest in their ancestral territories of what are now northern Arizona and New Mexico, southern Utah, and Colorado, the Navajo were successful in their resistance to Spanish and Mexican invasions into their territory. However, as part of the program of Manifest Destiny, the United States waged an all-out war, defeating these resilient people in 1863. Between 1863 and 1868, more than half of the Navajo were forcibly relocated to a reservation in northeastern New Mexico where they were to become Americans. In 1868, after four years of trauma and extreme deprivation, the Navajo leaders negotiated a treaty with the U.S. government that allowed them to return to their beloved homeland. Since then, the Navajo have strived to maintain continuity with the past by affirming traditional lifeways and values in the face of ongoing cultural assimilation and societal change.

The History and Culture of Native Americans tells the stories, history, and traditions of 14 major Native American tribes. Each book demonstrates a tribe's importance in the development of the United States, their encounters and relations with other nations and non-Native Americans, and spotlights those people who played an integral part in historical events.

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Foreword Paul C. Rosier 6

1 The Navajo Nation and Its People 14

2 Navajo Origins and Early History 22

3 Cycles of Colonialism, 1540-1850 40

4 The Long Walk and Hwéeldi 65

5 The Era of Livestock Reduction and Beyond 89

6 The Promises and Challenges of the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries 116

Chronology and Timeline 142

Glossary 147

Bibliography 150

Further Resources 152

Picture Credits 153

Index 154

About the Contributors 161

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