9780874806243

Navajo Places: History, Legend, and Landscape

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  • ISBN13:

    9780874806243

  • ISBN10:

    0874806240

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-04-05
  • Publisher: Univ of Utah Pr
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Summary

Navajoland is the heart and soul of the American Southwest. While the Navajo Reservation incorporates portions of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah, this is only about half the traditional homeland of 220,000 Diné, the People. In one way or another, nearly all of it, including the original homeland, is sacred to them. Before Spaniards and Americans affixed their own names to the land, every topographic feature had at least one Navajo name. Many of these made their way onto maps-in various forms-or are still in use among Navajo speakers. Navajo Placesis the most ambitious attempt yet to preserve this rich legacy. Through years of research, interviews, and consultation with Navajo authorities, Laurance Linford has compiled a place-name guide that goes beyond reservation boundaries to include the entirety of the traditional Navajo homeland. The volume contains over 1,200 entries, plus a pronunciation guide and sections on Navajo history and the relation of ritual and sacred legend to landscape. An invaluable resource for anyone interested in the Four Corners region.

Table of Contents

List of Maps
viii
List of Tables
viii
List of Abbreviations
viii
Preface xiii
Introduction
1(16)
Physiography
1(2)
The People
3(10)
Before the Navajos: 10,000 B.C.-A.D. 1600
3(1)
The Navajos: Pre-1600 to Present
3(1)
The Archaeological/Historical Perspective
3(1)
The Traditional Navajo Perspective
4(1)
Intrusion of the Spaniards: A.D. 1541-1821
4(1)
Explorations
4(1)
Colonization
5(1)
The Wars
5(1)
The Mexicans: 1821-1846
6(1)
The Americans: 1846-Present
7(1)
The Early Years
7(5)
The Navajos Capitulate
12(1)
The Long Walk
12(1)
The Reservation Years: 1868-Present
13(1)
Navajo Social Organization
13(4)
Political Organization
14(1)
Chapters
15(2)
The Role of Mythology in Navajo Place Name Origins
17(6)
The Practice
18(1)
The Ceremonies
18(3)
Holyway Ceremonies
19(1)
Shooting Chant
19(1)
Mountain Chant
19(1)
God Impersonators
19(1)
Wind Chant
20(1)
Hand-Trembling Chant
20(1)
Eagle Trapping
20(1)
Uncertain Affiliation
20(1)
Evilway Ceremonies
20(1)
Lifeway Ceremonies
20(1)
Ceremonialism and Navajo Place Names
21(2)
The Trading Posts
23(10)
Arizona Locations
33(120)
Colorado Locations
153(16)
New Mexico Locations
169(116)
Utah Locations
285(20)
References 305

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