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
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University of Oklahoma Press


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

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.

Product Details

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

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

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

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