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Son of Old Man Hat: A Navaho Autobiography Paperback – December, 1967


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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr (December 1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803250541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803250543
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ken Gibson (mdkgibson@sprynet.com) on January 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is a great book. I first read it about thirty years ago when I was in college. The book reminded me of that part of my childhood spent growing up on the Navajo Nation, when my parents were school teachers there. The book is an anthropological document of the first order but it reads like a novel and is full of humor and pathos. It shows the joy of childhood in a 'simple' culture while painting vivid images of that culture.

While the book struck a resonant chord with me, its appeal is universal. It is a mystery, because the unexpectedness of real life is in every page, but it is free of horror and full of affection.

I would like to see the book reprinted in hard cover so I can add it to my library in proper form, though I still have the thirty year old paperback.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ernest schusky on June 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
Dyk was one of the first to provide a full length biography of a Native American when the field of personality and culture was developing. The book shows how content and satisfied people can be in what the larger society considers poverty and backwardness.
Dyk's interpretations have a psychoanalytic bent to them, but anyone will enjoy Old Man Hat's own words in his biography which reads with the ease of a novel. Anthropology had a similar biography for the Hopi, SUN CHIEF, at about the same time.
Both books were important to me because I was collecting the biography of a Tohono O'odham when the works became available, and they served as models for me.
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By Steven R. Urquhart on September 30, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Fantastic book, like living with its author on a day to day basis!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary J. Banuk on November 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
One of the few books written by an Indian showing the daily life of an Indian (not native American, a description they do not like)
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