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Native America Life-History Narratives

Since the arrival of Europeans on American shores, Native peoples have recounted stories about their encounters with the invading and colonizing outsiders. Nevertheless, the vast majority of the published narratives about the colonization of Indian peoples and lands have been framed and controlled by European and, later, Euroamerican chroniclers.

Through close attention to over a hundred years of work among the Navajo recording life history stories, Brill de Ramírez helps us to understand Navajo ethnography in new ways to access and begin to listen to what generations of Navajo storytelling-informants tried to communicate in their rich (and often coded) stories.

The volume concludes with an introduction of ethnographic work in Navajo country that has been distinguished for its reliability, accuracy, and authenticity. These collections were primarily initiated from within the tribal community and produced through collaborative relationships.