Robert S. McPherson is Professor of History at Utah State University–Eastern, Blanding Campus. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books on Navajo history and the history of the Southwest, including Under the Eagle: Samuel Holiday, Navajo Code Talker (with Samuel Holiday) and Viewing the Ancestors: Perceptions of the Anaasází, Mokwic, and Hisatsinom.
A Navajo Legacy: The Life and Teachings of John Holidayby John Holiday
Born in 1919, Holiday is a practicing traditional Navajo medicine man living in Monument Valley, Utah. Drawing on extensive interviews with Holiday, McPherson (College of Eastern Utah) presents a detailed account of Holiday's life, from his early training with his grandfather and other family members living in the high country desert of the Colorado Plateau, through years of interactions with whites in the early film making industry, in the Civilian Conservation Corps and the military during the 1930s, and as a miner on the Navajo Reservation during the 1950s. The second half of the book features tribal and family teachings passed down from generation to generation, and other lessons from contemporary society.
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