Navajo places : history, legend, landscape : a narrative of important places on and near the Navajo Reservation, with notes on their significance to Navajo culture and history /

A place-name guide covering the entire traditional Navajo homeland includes some 1,200 entries appearing in alphabetical order by name and organized by state. Each entry includes the English name, elevation, county, meaning of the Navajo name, significance if known, description, and location. Also i...

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Main Author: Linford, Laurance D. (Author)
Format: Book
Published:Salt Lake City : University of Utah Press, ©2000.
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Linford, a trained archaeologist who served in the Cultural Resource Management Program for the Navajo Nation and as executive director of the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Association, has significantly updated Dine Bikeyah, a little-known US Indian Service document (1941). It supplies 1,200 alphabetically arranged entries, listed by state, describing topographical features in the Navajo homeland, whose boundaries extend into the present-day states of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. Although the entries are written from a Navajo viewpoint, the headwords are in English to facilitate locating the topographic features on most maps. For each entry, the Navajo term and its English translation are given, along with the history of the site and its place in Navajo lore. Two special essays supplement the entries, one focusing on the 145-year history of trading posts in Navajo territory, the other a fascinating section, "The Role of Mythology in Navajo Place Name Origins." The index provides a detailed listing of locations but omits the rest of the information in the entries. No comparable work provides this much geography from a Navajo perspective. Highly recommended for institutions supporting Native American studies or the history of the Southwest. J. R. Burch Jr.; Campbellsville University

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