Dineji Na地itin: Navajo Traditional Teachings and History (Paperback)
 
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Dineji Na地itin: Navajo Traditional Teachings and History (Paperback)

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Traditional teachings derived from stories and practices passed through generations lie at the core of a well-balanced Navajo life. These teachings are based on a very different perspective of the physical and spiritual world than that found in general American culture. Dineji Nanitin is an introduction to traditional Navajo teachings and history for a non-Navajo audience, providing a glimpse into this unfamiliar domain and illuminating the power and experience of the Navajo worldview.

Historian Robert McPherson discusses basic Navajo concepts such as divination, good and evil, prophecy, and metaphorical thought, as well as these topics' relevance in daily life, making these far-ranging ideas accessible to the contemporary reader. He also considers the toll of cultural loss on modern Navajo culture as many traditional values and institutions are confronted by those of dominant society. Using both historical and modern examples, he shows how cultural change has shifted established views and practices and illustrates the challenge younger generations face in maintaining the beliefs and customs their parents and grandparents have shared over generations.

This intimate look at Navajo values and customs will appeal not only to students and scholars of Native American studies, ethnic studies, and anthropology but to any reader interested in Navajo culture or changing traditional lifeways.

Robert S. McPherson is a professor of history at Utah State University, Blanding Campus and has published widely on Navajo and Ute history and culture.

Author:
McPherson, Robert S.
Genre:
HISTORY / Native American
Audience:
College/higher education
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
287
Language:
English
Publisher:
Univ Pr of Colorado
Publish Date:
12/15/2012
Copyright Year:
2012
ISBN:
9781607322160
Height:
9.0 in
Wdth:
6.0 in
Thickness:
0.5 in
Unit weight:
0.9 lb
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