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Dine: A History of the Navajos
Synopses & Reviews
The most complete and current history of the largest American Indian nation in the U.S., based on extensive new archival research, traditional histories, interviews, and personal observation.
Book News Annotation:
In this general narrative history of the Navajo (Din<'e>) people, Iverson (History, Arizona State U.) explores the origins and history of the Native American group through the first years of the 21st century. Themes of defense of the people and the land, adaptation and incorporation, expansion, and identity dominate the proceedings. After discussing the conflict between the Din<'e> and Spanish and American colonialists and the exile of the Din<'e> during the "Long Walk" to New Mexico, the volume takes on a surprisingly upbeat tone, exploring the expansion of Navajo reservations, the nature of Federal-Navajo relations, the contributions of the people to World War II, and other developments of political life. A 32-color- photograph visual essay illustrating some of the above themes, in addition to the expected black and white historical photographs, accompanies the volume.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This comprehensive narrative traces the history of the Navajos from their origins to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Based on extensive archival research, traditional accounts, interviews, historic and contemporary photographs, and firsthand observation, it provides a detailed, up-to-date portrait of the Din past and present that will be essential for scholars, students, and interested general readers, both Navajo and non-Navajo.
As Iverson points out, Navajo identity is rooted in the land bordered by the four sacred mountains. At the same time, the Navajos have always incorporated new elements, new peoples, and new ways of doing things. The author explains how the Din remember past promises, recall past sacrifices, and continue to build upon past achievements to construct and sustain North Americas largest native community. Provided is a concise and provocative analysis of Navajo origins and their relations with the Spanish, with other Indian communities, and with the first Anglo-Americans in the Southwest. Following an insightful account of the traumatic Long Walk era and of key developments following the return from exile at Fort Sumner, the author considers the major themes and events of the twentieth century, including political leadership, livestock reduction, the Code Talkers, schools, health care, government, economic development, the arts, and athletics.
Monty Roessel (Navajo), an outstanding photographer, is Executive Director of the Rough Rock Community School. He has written and provided photographs for award-winning books for young people.
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