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Paperback deals with Navajo history and a description of Navajo life. 496 pages.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Holloway House; 6 edition (March 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876875002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876875001
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #457,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Mike Smith on September 30, 2005
Historians may argue over the reasons for much of what the Navajo have experienced--over the Long Walk, over the Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute, and over the infamous livestock reduction. They may argue about where the Navajos came from, and what their culture needs to survive and thrive, but no one can argue that they're not a fascinating culture deserving of documentation.

Because they are.

The Navajo Indians have lived in the area that's now the United States for centuries--probably since shortly after A.D. 1400--and may have migrated here from Asia, via Alaska and northwestern Canada, though there are other valid theories as well.

The word "Navajo" is a Spanish corruption of a Tewa Indian phrase that meant something like "those who farm the canyons," but "Diné" is the Navajos' name for themselves, and translates simply as "the people."

The Navajo Nation is the modern-day Navajo homeland. It was formed in the early-1900s, to better allow the tribe to deal with American oil companies wishing to lease Navajo land, and is America's biggest Indian reservation, literally a country within a country. The Navajo Nation has its own Bill of Rights, its own flag, a President, its own police force, freedoms and laws unique to the Navajo tribe, and levels of government known as agencies and chapters. Today it's home to about 300,000 Navajo individuals, and covers 25,000 square miles of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado--a reservation larger than the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire combined.

The Navajos are a major American culture, and they deserve books that are as well-researched and as fascinating to read as this one. It's a priceless research tool, and aside from the sad episodes it documents, it's a pleasure to read.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Lorenzo M. in the Hollywood CA Area VINE VOICE on June 6, 2002
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This book is very dynamic in its broad spectrum of education. For the student of the Navajo culture or th historian wanting to know the insides and motivation of the Native Americans known as Navajos, this book is the best.
Detailed, historical and filled with details on the "white mans" conquest. Their habits, traditions, dreams, beliefs, goals, society and place in the history of the New Americas.
A must read for anyone wanting to learn about a society that has been opposed, oppressed and often forgotten. They are a brilliant culture.
Get this book. Read it well. (I read it three times!)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ernest schusky on May 26, 2012
The Handbook of North American Indians provides comprehensive ethnographic coverage of the Dene or Navajo with only a generalized history. BOOK OF THE NAVAJO extends the history with important details. In introductory chapters, Locke gives us an overview of parts of Dene culture and society so we have an undestanding of their way of life before taking up their history.
Locke starts with a prehisoric background drawing on the archaeological record then showing Dene linguitic relationships extending fron Alaska to the Northwest Coast. In short, he offers an excellent overview before beginning Dene history with an in-depth review of Pueblo and Spanish contacts. I found his chapters on conflict with the Spanish and their taking of captives vital for my historical novel about Dene slavery.
I had to coninue reading into the mid-nineteenth century because his coverage of the American arrival is riveting as is his description of the Long Walk beginning in 1864. His concluding chapters on post-Long Walk developments are also welcome although these times are described at length in other works. But, despite numerous studies of the dispute between Hopi and Dene, Locke's account of its effects on a Dene family drew me into the conflict like no other writing. ernestschusky.com
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Decker on September 15, 2012
I've read a lot of books about Navajo history but Raymond Friday Locke's Book of the Navajo is one of the best. It's one of the most complete Navajo history books written. From the before the Navajo's first contact with the Spanish all the way to the land dispute between the Hopi and Navajo people in the 20th century and beyond. This being a written history about Native Americans it is inevitably full of tragedy. Not just the infamous Long Walk, but also the dreaded Livestock Reduction, the boarding school system, including the widespread enslavement of Navajo people during the 1800s. Yet despite all of that our tribe is currently the one of the largest Indian tribes in the US and our culture is still very much intact. Aside from history Locke also gives one of the best and most respectful presentations of Navajo culture including some of our most cherished legends. Overall it is a well written and well researched book and is highly recommended to anyone interested in Native American history or the history of the American South West.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tripp Gazzer on March 15, 2013
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Raymond Locke puts it all in plain english and plenty of it. There is enough detail and respect here to fill a curious mind with a good Navajo understanding. Once you start learning about them you'll want to know more. All the chapters are informative, but I found "The World is Holy" especially interesting as a Navajo perspective. If a person wants to know about the Navajos in an orderly fashion, this is the best place to start.
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