ERIC Number: ED230343
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Of Mother Earth and Father Sky: A Photographic Study of Navajo Culture.
McCarty, T. L.; And Others
Utilizing 52 black and white photographs, the book tells a story about the Navajo people, their hopes and problems, the strategies they have adopted to cope with the problems, their interactions with each other and with the land, and their feelings about the land which provides a basis for their livelihood. Part of a series of curriculum materials for Navajo and other Native American students, the book commences with a brief narrative of the Navajo's historical background. This brief narrative covers the Navajo's oral account of their emergence from a series of underworlds, presence in Dinetah ("Navajo homeland") in northern New Mexico, expansion into northeastern Arizona, conflicts with the settlers and other tribes, return to and resettlement of 3.5 million acres within their former range, and attempt to develop new economic alternatives. Next, the book provides 48 photographs depicting people, the land, the sky, and plant and animal life (e.g., a Rough Rock moonrise, cacti in bloom, juniper trees, the canyon walls of Rough Rock Springs, homestead of a Rough Rock councilman, a mud oven, goats and cattle, rock formations, and various community leaders). The book concludes with brief information about the photographer and a listing of 12 references. (NQA)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian History, American Indians, Community Leaders, Cultural Background, Culture Conflict, Land Settlement, Life Style, Photographs, Relocation, Reservation American Indians, Social History
Navajo Curriculum Center, Rough Rock School, Star Rte. 1, Rough Rock, AZ 86503 ($12.00, softcover; $17.00, hardcover)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Non-Print Media
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC. Indian Education Programs.
Authoring Institution: Rough Rock Demonstration School, AZ. Navajo Curriculum Center.
Identifiers: Navajo (Nation); Navajo Reservation