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Navajo land, Navajo culture : the Utah experience in the twentieth century /
Robert S. McPherson.
imprint
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c2001.
description
xviii, 301 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0806133570 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c2001.
isbn
0806133570 (hardcover : alk. paper)
catalogue key
4669690
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Robert S. McPherson is the author of five books about the land and people of the Four Corners Region in Utah. He is an instructor at the College of Eastern Utah, San Juan Campus, Blanding, Utah
Summaries
Main Description
In Navajo Land, Navajo Culture, Robert S. McPherson presents an intimate history of the Dine, 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.
Unpaid Annotation
Presents an intimate portrait of the Dine, or Navajo people, of southeastern Utah. Shows how the Dine's culture and economy have both persisted and changed during the twentieth century.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Prologue to the Present: Setting the Stage for the Twentieth Centuryp. 3
Navajo and Ute Deer Hunting: Consecration versus Desecrationp. 21
Government Farmers and the Navajos: The San Juan Experience, 1892-1933p. 44
Naalyehe Ba Hooghan, "House of Merchandise": Navajo Trading Posts as an Institution of Cultural Change, 1900-1930p. 65
The Chidi and Flying Metal Come to the Navajos: Thoughts on Technology and Initial Cultural Contactp. 84
History Repeats Itself: Navajo Livestock Reduction in Southeastern Utah, 1933-1946p. 102
Seeing as Believing: Navajo and Anglo Perceptions of Tourism in Southeastern Utah, 1910-1990p. 121
Indians Playing Indians: Navajos and the Film Industry in Monument Valley, 1938-1964p. 142
Digging the Bones of Ye'iitsoh: Navajos in the Uranium Industry of Southeastern Utahp. 158
Poverty, Politics, and Petroleum: The Utah Navajos and the Aneth Oil Fieldp. 179
From Dezba to "John": The Changing Role of Navajo Women in Southeastern Utahp. 189
Conclusion: A Glance at the Present, a Glimpse of the Futurep. 220
Notesp. 237
Bibliographyp. 273
Indexp. 287
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