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Author Benally, Malcolm D. (Malcolm Darrin), 1971-

Title Bitter water : Diné oral histories of the Navajo-Hopi land dispute / translated and edited by Malcolm D. Benally ; photographs by Mary Fish ; foreword by Jennifer Nez Denetdale.

Imprint Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©2011.


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Description 1 online resource (xx, 102 pages) : illustrations
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Series First Peoples : New Directions in Indigenous Studies
First Peoples : New Directions in Indigenous Studies.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 99-100) and index.
Contents Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Foreword -- Jennifer Nez Denetdale -- Preface -- Chronology -- The Travel Song -- Introduction -- 1. Mae Tso, Mosquito Springs, Arizona -- 2. Roberta Blackgoat, Thin Rock Mesa, Arizona -- 3. Pauline Whitesinger, Big Mountain, Arizona -- 4. Ruth Benally, Big Mountain, Arizona -- 5. Sheep Is Life -- The Mutton Hunger -- Malcolm Benally -- Epilogue -- Appendix: Natural Law and Navajo Religion/Way of Life -- Roman Bitsuie and Kenja Hassan -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary Many know that the removal and relocation of Indigenous peoples from traditional lands is a part of the United States' colonial past, but few know that--in an expansive corner of northeastern Arizona--the saga continues. The 1974 Settlement Act officially divided a reservation established almost a century earlier between the Diné (Navajo) and the Hopi, and legally granted the contested land to the Hopi. To date, the U.S. government has relocated between 12,000 and 14,000 Diné from Hopi Partitioned Lands, and the Diné--both there and elsewhere--continue to live with the legacy of this relocation.<br /><br /> Bitter Water presents the narratives of four Diné women who have resisted removal but who have watched as their communities and lifeways have changed dramatically. The book, based on 25 hours of filmed personal testimony, features the women's candid discussions of their efforts to carry on a traditional way of life in a contemporary world that includes relocation and partitioned lands; encroaching Western values and culture; and devastating mineral extraction and development in the Black Mesa region of Arizona. Though their accounts are framed by insightful writings by both Benally and Diné historian Jennifer Nez Denetdale, Benally lets the stories of the four women elders speak for themselves.<br /><br />Scholars, media, and other outsiders have all told their versions of this story, but this is the first book that centers on the stories of women who have lived it--in their own words in Navajo as well as the English translation. The result is a living history of a contested cultural landscape and the unique worldview of women determined to maintain their traditions and lifeways, which are so intimately connected to the land. This book is more than a collection of stories, poetry and prose. It is a chronicle of resistance as spoken from the hearts of those who have lived it.
Subject Navajo women -- Arizona -- Black Mesa (Navajo County and Apache County) -- Interviews.
Navajo women -- Arizona -- Black Mesa (Navajo County and Apache County) -- Social conditions.
Navajo Indians -- Land tenure.
Navajo Indians -- Claims.
Hopi Indians -- Land tenure.
Hopi Indians -- Claims.
Navajo language -- Texts.
Arizona -- Black Mesa (Navajo County and Apache County) (OCoLC)fst01333775
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Claims. (OCoLC)fst01774244
Interviews. (OCoLC)fst01423832
Texts. (OCoLC)fst01423705
Added Title First peoples.
Other Form: Print version: Benally, Malcolm D. Bitter Water : Diné Oral Histories of the Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute. Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©1900 9780816528981
ISBN 9780816506620 (electronic bk.)
0816506620 (electronic bk.)
1299191630 (electronic bk.)
9781299191631 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. AU@ 000053279987
CHNEW 000600708
DEBBG BV044113157

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