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Reclaiming Din� History - 3 Edition by Jennifer Nez Denetdale (Paperback)

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Edition: 3 Edition

Number of Pages: 241

Genre: Biography + Autobiography

Sub-Genre: Cultural, Ethnic & Regional

Format: Paperback

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

Book theme: Native American & Aboriginal

Author: Jennifer Nez Denetdale

Language: English

Street Date: June 1, 2007
TCIN: 77842761
UPC: 9780816526604
Item Number (DPCI): 247-19-1803

Description

In this groundbreaking book, the first Navajo to earn a doctorate in history seeks to rewrite Navajo history. Reared on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico and Arizona, Jennifer Nez Denetdale is the great-great-great-granddaughter of a well-known Navajo chief, Manuelito (1816-1894), and his nearly unknown wife, Juanita (1845-1910). Stimulated in part by seeing photographs of these ancestors, she began to explore her family history as a way of examining broader issues in Navajo historiography.

Here she presents a thought-provoking examination of the construction of the history of the Navajo people (Din�, in the Navajo language) that underlines the dichotomy between Navajo and non-Navajo perspectives on the Din� past. Reclaiming Din� History has two primary objectives. First, Denetdale interrogates histories that privilege Manuelito and marginalize Juanita in order to demonstrate some of the ways that writing about the Din� has been biased by non-Navajo views of assimilation and gender. Second, she reveals how Navajo narratives, including oral histories and stories kept by matrilineal clans, serve as vehicles to convey Navajo beliefs and values.

By scrutinizing stories about Juanita, she both underscores the centrality of women's roles in Navajo society and illustrates how oral tradition has been used to organize social units, connect Navajos to the land, and interpret the past. She argues that these same stories, read with an awareness of Navajo creation narratives, reveal previously unrecognized Navajo perspectives on the past. And she contends that a similarly culture-sensitive re-viewing of the Din� can lead to the production of a Navajo-centered history.
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