New PDF release: Bitter Water: Diné Oral Histories of the Navajo-Hopi Land

By Malcolm D. Benally,Jennifer Nez Denetdale

ISBN-10: 0816528985

ISBN-13: 9780816528981

Many comprehend that the elimination and relocation of Indigenous peoples from conventional lands is part of the USA’ colonial previous, yet few comprehend that—in an expansive nook of northeastern Arizona—the saga keeps. The 1974 cost Act formally divided a reservation proven virtually a century past among the Diné (Navajo) and the Hopi, and legally granted the contested land to the Hopi. so far, the U.S. executive has relocated among 12,000 and 14,000 Diné from Hopi Partitioned Lands, and the Diné—both there and elsewhere—continue to reside with the legacy of this relocation.

Bitter Water offers the narratives of 4 Diné girls who've resisted removing yet who've watched as their groups and lifeways have replaced dramatically. The ebook, in response to 25 hours of filmed own testimony, positive aspects the women’s candid discussions in their efforts to hold on a standard lifestyle in a modern international that incorporates relocation and partitioned lands; encroaching Western values and tradition; and devastating mineral extraction and improvement within the Black Mesa quarter of Arizona. although their debts are framed by way of insightful writings by means of either Benally and Diné historian Jennifer Nez Denetdale, Benally shall we the tales of the 4 ladies elders communicate for themselves.

Scholars, media, and different outsiders have all advised their models of this tale, yet this is often the 1st publication that facilities at the tales of ladies who've lived it—in their very own phrases in Navajo in addition to the English translation. the result's a residing heritage of a contested cultural panorama and the original worldview of girls decided to keep up their traditions and lifeways, that are so in detail attached to the land. This e-book is greater than a set of reports, poetry, and prose. it's a chronicle of resistance as spoken from the hearts of these who've lived it.

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