Navajo Sacred Places

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"Kelley and Francis clearly and comprehensivly address a timely topic,
illuminating superbly the inexorable linkage between preserving American Indian cultures and protecting sites endowed with spiritual significance."
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"This is an exceptional ethnography of the Navajos?
relationship to their land... "?The Reader?s Review

"The authors succeed admirably in their goal to investigate Navajo oral traditions...

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Overview

"Kelley and Francis clearly and comprehensivly address a timely topic,
illuminating superbly the inexorable linkage between preserving American Indian cultures and protecting sites endowed with spiritual significance."
—Choice

"This is an exceptional ethnography of the Navajos’
relationship to their land... "—The Reader’s Review

"The authors succeed admirably in their goal to investigate Navajo oral traditions in relation to place." —Raymond J. DeMallie

An engaging blend of anthropological study and firsthand account takes readers into the heart of the Navajo’s struggle to protect their sacred places.

Indiana University Press

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The People tell stories of the places of power, history, and special significance. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253208934
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1994
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

KLARA BONSACK KELLEY is a consulting ethnologist who has lived and studied in Navajo communities for more than seventeen years. Her publications include Navajo Land Use: An
Ethnoarchaeological Study and (with Peter Whiteley) Navajoland: Family Settlement and Land Use.

HARRIS FRANCIS is a Navajo, Tachii'nii clan born for Tabaaha clan, who grew up on the Navajo Reservation speaking Navajo and observing traditions in daily use. He is an American
Indian Cultural Rights Protection Consultant and co-author of several articles on Navajo cultural rights and sacred places.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part
One
Places Important to Navajo People: A Survey of Thirteen Navajo
Communities

1. Background
2. The Project to Consult Navajo
Communities
3. Interpretation of Results

Part Two
Places
Important to Navajo People: Other Studies

4. Other Studies: What They Did and How
They Did It
5. Stories and Types of Placed in the Other Studies
6. Perserving the
Culture by Preserving the Land: The "Landscape" and "Piecemeal"
Approaches
7. The Hidden Reservoir

Part Three
Navajo Customary
Landscapes and Development Landscapes

8. What Navajos Say about Cultural
Preservation
9. Navajo Endangered Landscapes
10. Endangered Landscapes outside
Navajo Jurisdiction

Part Four
Hidden and Manifest Landscapes in
Stories

11. Analytical Framework
12. Hidden and Manifest Landscapes in
Two Stories
13. A Story about "Where Whiteshell Woman Stopped for
Lunch"
14. The Land, the People, and Culture
Change

Appendixes
Notes
References
Index

Illustrations follow page 122

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