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Diné: A History of the Navajos Paperback – August 28, 2002
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." . .ÝIverson¨ skillfully traces the history of the Din from their semi-nomadic origins through the tragedy of the Long Walk, the dark days of the reservation period, and the twentieth-century emergence of the Navajo Nation."
"Few scholars aside from Peter Iverson could accomplish this authoritative and comprehensive history, which starts with 'origins' and ends in the twenty-first century. . . . The work will stand for many years as a useful reference and an engaging narrative."
"Iverson, a history professor at Arizona State University, draws on a wealth of oral traditions, interviews, archival documents, and personal experience to paint a vivid and detailed portrait of Native American adaptation and endurance in the Southwest. Beginning with the Navajo creation story, he skilfully traces the history of the Din from their semi-nomadic origins through the tragedy of the Long Walk, the dark days of the reservation period, and the twentieth-century emergence of the Navajo Nation. Throughout, Iverson emphasizes the unique cultural qualities that have enabled the Navajo to persist and prosper in the face of adversity. Sympathetic without sacrificing objectivity, this finely wrought book is likely to stand for the foreseeable future as the standard history of the Navajos."
"Perhaps owing to Iverson's lengthy relationship with the tribe, this history stands out among the many other books on the subject, which pale by comparison. His well-organized, thoughtful, and informative book offers a vivid and detailed account of Navajo culture and history. . . . The story of the Navajo struggle to survive covers both the good and bad events in U.S.-Navajo relations as well as the internal struggles of the tribe. Monty Roessel's photographs offer beautiful and thought-provoking glimpses into the dynamic Navajo world, adding vivid detail to Iverson's work."
." . .[Iverson] skillfully traces the history of the Din from their semi-nomadic origins through the tragedy of the Long Walk, the dark days of the reservation period, and the twentieth-century emergence of the Navajo Nation."
"This is an important book not only for the history it creates, but also for the questions it raises. Iverson negotiates the flash points involved in tribal histories- pointing them out without fully engaging them. He does so with uncommon grace and skill. . . [the book] stands out as a landmark of American Indian history."
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The balance of Iverson's book involves the key developments that have occurred since the late nineteenth century, in particular the evolution of Navajo tribal government, the often stormy relationship with the United States, and the changes that the Dine' have undergone in the last hundred or more years. One theme that the author returns to again and again is the resilience of Dine' culture, and the ability of the Navajo to incorporate new cultural elements and people into their lifeways.
Iverson is not the most elegant of writers, but he does manage to get his points across. The book is amply illustrated with historic photographs, although it could use a few more maps.Read more ›
The history is facinating even though very disturbing in many respects. It is well balanced and worth the time.
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In depth fair and balanced history of the Dine, well written and structured. Lots of concise details as well as analysis. The photos are fantastic, too.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Good survey of the Dine culture, politics and business. Identifies many of the early Navajo leaders although a little thin on the discussions of the larger contribution of these... Read morePublished 7 months ago by George J. Friberg
I loved this book couldn't put this book down, sad when I reached the last pagePublished 11 months ago by Randy Kloos