Download PDF by Malcolm D. Benally,Jennifer Nez Denetdale: Bitter Water: Diné Oral Histories of the Navajo-Hopi Land

By Malcolm D. Benally,Jennifer Nez Denetdale

Many recognize that the removing and relocation of Indigenous peoples from conventional lands is part of the U.S.’ colonial previous, yet few recognize that—in an expansive nook of northeastern Arizona—the saga maintains. The 1974 payment Act formally divided a reservation demonstrated virtually a century previous 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 provides the narratives of 4 Diné girls who've resisted removing yet who've watched as their groups and lifeways have replaced dramatically. The e-book, in keeping with 25 hours of filmed own testimony, positive aspects the women’s candid discussions in their efforts to hold on a conventional lifestyle in a latest global that comes with relocation and partitioned lands; encroaching Western values and tradition; and devastating mineral extraction and improvement within the Black Mesa area of Arizona. notwithstanding their debts are framed through insightful writings by way of either Benally and Diné historian Jennifer Nez Denetdale, Benally shall we the tales of the 4 girls elders communicate for themselves.

Scholars, media, and different outsiders have all advised their types of this tale, yet this is often the 1st e-book that facilities at the tales of girls who've lived it—in their very own phrases in Navajo in addition to the English translation. the result's a dwelling historical past of a contested cultural panorama and the original worldview of ladies decided to take care of their traditions and lifeways, that are so in detail hooked up to the land. This booklet 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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