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The Earth Memory Compass: Diné Educational Experiences in the Twentieth Century


Abstract This dissertation explores how historical changes in education shaped Diné collective identity and community by examining the interconnections between Navajo students, their people, and Diné Bikéyah (Navajo lands). Farina King investigates the ongoing influence of various schools as colonial institutions among the Navajo from the 1930s to 1990 in the southwestern United States. The question that guides this research is how institutional schools, whether far, near, or on the reservation, affected Navajo students’ sense of home and relationships with their Indigenous community during the twentieth century.

The study relies on a Diné historical framework that centers on a Navajo mapping of the world and earth memory compass. The four directio... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor King, Farina Noelani (Author) / Fixico, Donald (Advisor) / Lomawaima, K. Tsianina (Committee member) / Iverson, Peter (Committee member) / Osburn, Katherine M.B. (Committee member) / Tohe, Laura (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Native American studies / American history / American studies / Boarding Schools / Indian Education / Indian Identity / Indigenous Knowledge / Navajo / Self-determination
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 291 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation History 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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