Navajo Land, Navajo Culture: The Utah Experience in the Twentieth Century

Navajo Land, Navajo Culture: The Utah Experience in the Twentieth Century

by Robert S. McPherson
     
 

In Navajo Land, Navajo Culture, Robert S. McPherson presents an intimate history of the Diné, or Navajo people, of southeastern Utah. Moving beyond standard history by incorporating Native voices, the author shows how the Dine's culture and economy have both persisted and changed during the twentieth century.

As the dominant white culture increasingly

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In Navajo Land, Navajo Culture, Robert S. McPherson presents an intimate history of the Diné, or Navajo people, of southeastern Utah. Moving beyond standard history by incorporating Native voices, the author shows how the Dine's culture and economy have both persisted and changed during the twentieth century.

As the dominant white culture increasingly affected their worldview, these Navajos adjusted to change, took what they perceived as beneficial, and shaped or filtered outside influences to preserve traditional values. With guidance from Navajo elders, McPherson describes varied experiences ranging from traditional deer hunting to livestock reduction, from bartering at a trading post to acting in John Ford movies, and from the coming of the automobile to the burgeoning of the tourist industry.

Clearly written and richly detailed, this book offers new perspectives on a people who have adapted to new conditions while shaping their own destiny.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806134109
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,031,180
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.84(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Prologue to the Present: Setting the Stage for the Twentieth Century3
Ch. 2Navajo and Ute Deer Hunting: Consecration versus Desecration21
Ch. 3Government Farmers and the Navajos: The San Juan Experience, 1892-193344
Ch. 4Naalyehe Ba Hooghan, "House of Merchandise": Navajo Trading Posts as an Institution of Cultural Change, 1900-193065
Ch. 5The Chidi and Flying Metal Come to the Navajos: Thoughts on Technology and Initial Cultural Contact84
Ch. 6History Repeats Itself: Navajo Livestock Reduction in Southeastern Utah, 1933-1946102
Ch. 7Seeing as Believing: Navajo and Anglo Perceptions of Tourism in Southeastern Utah, 1910-1990121
Ch. 8Indians Playing Indians: Navajos and the Film Industry in Monument Valley, 1938-1964142
Ch. 9Digging the Bones of Yeiitsoh: Navajos in the Uranium Industry of Southeastern Utah158
Ch. 10Poverty, Politics, and Petroleum: The Utah Navajos and the Aneth Oil Field179
Ch. 11From Dezba to "John": The Changing Role of Navajo Women in Southeastern Utah189
Ch. 12Conclusion: A Glance at the Present, a Glimpse of the Future220
Notes237
Bibliography273
Index287

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