In this Book

Diné Perspectives
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What does it mean to be a Navajo (Diné) person today? What does it mean to “respect tradition”? How can a contemporary life be informed by the traditions of the past? These are the kinds of questions addressed by contributors to this unusual and pathbreaking book.
 
All of the contributors are coming to personal terms with a phrase that underpins the matrix of Diné culture: Sa’ah Naagháí Bik’eh Hózhóón. Often referred to simply as SNBH, the phrase can be translated in many ways but is generally understood to mean “one’s journey of striving to live a long, harmonious life.” The book offers a variety of perspectives of Diné men and women on the Diné cultural paradigm that is embedded in SNBH. Their writings represent embodied knowledge grounded in a way of knowing that connects thought, speech, experience, history, tradition, and land. Some of the contributors are scholars. Some are Diné who are fighting for justice and prosperity for the Navajo Nation. Some are poets and artists. They are united in working to preserve both intellectual and cultural sovereignty for Diné peoples. And their contributions exemplify how Indigenous peoples are creatively applying tools of decolonization and critical research to re-create Indigenous thought and culture in a present day that rarely resembles the days of their ancestors.
 
More than 300,000 people self-identify as Diné today. Every one must grapple with how to make a life that acknowledges Sa’ah Naagháí Bik’eh Hózhóón. Diné Perspectives is unique in bringing such personal journeys to the public eye.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Editorial Board, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. Gregory Cajete
  3. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-2
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-13
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  1. American Indian Scholars
  2. Shawn L. Secatero
  3. pp. 14-16
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  1. Part I. Frameworks of Understanding
  2. pp. 17-18
  1. Beneath Our Sacred Minds, Hands, and Hearts: One Dissertation Journey
  2. Shawn L. Secatero
  3. pp. 19-24
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  1. Understanding Hózhó to Achieve Critical Consciousness: A Contemporary Diné Interpretation of the Philosophical Principles of Hózhó
  2. Vincent Werito
  3. pp. 25-38
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  1. Morning Offerings, Like Salt
  2. Esther Belin
  3. pp. 39-43
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  1. 7pm thought, memory @ Dziłnaodiłthle-Eastern View
  2. Venaya Yazzie
  3. pp. 44-46
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  1. Part II. Analyses of Methodologies
  2. pp. 47-48
  1. Diné Culture, Decolonization, and the Politics of Hózhó
  2. Larry W. Emerson
  3. pp. 49-67
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  1. The Value of Oral History on the Path to Diné/Navajo Sovereignty
  2. Jennifer Nez Denetdale
  3. pp. 68-82
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  1. Narrating Ordinary Power: Hózhóójí, Violence, and Critical Diné Studies
  2. Melanie K. Yazzie
  3. pp. 83-99
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  1. The Boy Who Threw the World Away
  2. Venaya Yazzie
  3. pp. 100-102
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  1. Part III. Political Challenges
  2. pp. 103-104
  1. Historic and Demographic Changes That Impact the Future of the Diné and the Development of Community-Based Policy
  2. Yolynda Begay
  3. pp. 105-128
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  1. The Origin of Legibility: Rethinking Colonialism and Resistance among the Navajo People, 1868–1937
  2. Andrew Curley
  3. pp. 129-150
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  1. Dinétah
  2. Venaya Yazzie
  3. pp. 151-152
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  1. Part IV. Paths for the Future
  2. pp. 153-154
  1. Sustaining a Diné Way of Life
  2. Kim Baca
  3. pp. 155-157
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  1. “If I Could Speak Navajo, I’d Definitely Speak It 24/7”: Diné Youth Language Consciousness, Activism, and Reclamation of Diné Identity
  2. Tiffany S. Lee
  3. pp. 158-169
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  1. The Navajo Nation and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  2. Lloyd L. Lee
  3. pp. 170-186
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  1. Atmosphere
  2. Venaya Yazzie
  3. pp. 187-188
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 189-194
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 195-196
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