A Place to Be Navajo: Rough Rock and the Struggle for by Teresa L. McCarty

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By Teresa L. McCarty

A position To Be Navajo is the single book-length ethnographic account of a progressive Indigenous self-determination circulation that begun in 1966 with the tough Rock Demonstration college. referred to as Diné Bi'ólta', The People's tuition, in acceptance of its prestige because the first American Indian community-controlled college, tough Rock used to be the 1st to educate within the local language and to provide a physique of caliber kid's literature by way of and approximately Navajo humans. those techniques have situated the varsity as a pace-setter in American Indian and bilingual/bicultural schooling and feature enabled university contributors to wield substantial impression on nationwide coverage. This ebook is a severe existence heritage of this singular university and neighborhood.

McCarty's account grows out of two decades of ethnographic paintings by means of the writer with the Diné (Navajo) neighborhood of tough Rock. the tale is instructed essentially via written textual content, but in addition in the course of the extraordinary black-and-white photographs of photographer Fred Bia, a member of the tough Rock neighborhood. not like such a lot bills of Indigenous education, this learn consists of the energetic participation of Navajo neighborhood contributors. Their oral testimony and that of alternative leaders in Indigenous/Navajo schooling body and texture the account.

Informed through serious theories of schooling, this booklet is not only the tale of a unmarried institution and group. it's also an inquiry into the bigger fight for self-determination through Indigenous and different minoritized groups, elevating problems with id, voice, and neighborhood empowerment. A position To Be Navajo asks even if tuition could be a position the place youngsters examine, query, and develop in an atmosphere that values and builds upon who they're. the writer argues that the questions tough Rock increases, and the responses they summon, implicate us all.

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