While various books have investigated Native American reservations and homelands, this book is from Diné individuals’ experiences, observations, and examinations. Poets, writers, and scholars frame their thoughts on four key questions: What are the thoughts/perspectives on nihikéyah/Navajo homeland? What challenges does nihikéyah face in the coming generations, and what should all peoples know about nihikéyah? And how can nihikéyah build a strong and positive Navajo Nation for the rest of this century and beyond?
The authors come from a variety of backgrounds and use multiple approaches to discuss Diné history in the U.S. Southwest, as well as forward-looking examinations of the Navajo Nation.
Together, the essays shed new light on Diné homeland and the challenges to the Navajo homeland and its peoples.
Wendy Shelly Greyeyes
Rex Lee Jim
Jennifer Jackson Wheeler
“This collection of Diné knowledge holders offers their thoughts, experiences, and viewpoints on the topic of the Navajo connection to their traditional homelands. The authors harness a variety of backgrounds and approaches to discuss the role of land as it relates to both Diné history in the U.S. Southwest and more forward-looking discussions of the state of affairs on the Navajo Nation, with content split equally between literary and academic analyses. Together, these essays do a fine job of illustrating the complex state of nihikéyah, ‘our land,’ as viewed by Diné experts themselves and offer lessons for other communities—both Indigenous and otherwise—about how they might think about their own interconnections between land, people, culture, and politics.”—Wade Campbell, Boston University