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 innovative Indigenous self-determination move that all started in 1966 with the tough Rock Demonstration institution. known as Diné Bi'ólta', The People's college, in reputation of its prestige because the first American Indian community-controlled institution, tough Rock used to be the 1st to coach within the local language and to supply a physique of caliber kid's literature via and approximately Navajo humans. those techniques have situated the varsity as a pace-setter in American Indian and bilingual/bicultural schooling and feature enabled tuition individuals to wield huge impact on nationwide coverage. This publication is a serious existence heritage of this singular tuition and neighborhood.

McCarty's account grows out of two decades of ethnographic paintings via the writer with the Diné (Navajo) group of tough Rock. the tale is informed basically via written textual content, but in addition in the course of the impressive black-and-white pictures of photographer Fred Bia, a member of the tough Rock neighborhood. in contrast to such a lot debts of Indigenous education, this research consists of the energetic participation of Navajo group contributors. Their oral testimony and that of alternative leaders in Indigenous/Navajo schooling body and texture the account.

Informed through severe theories of schooling, this ebook isn't just the tale of a unmarried university and group. it's also an inquiry into the bigger fight for self-determination by way of Indigenous and different minoritized groups, elevating problems with identification, voice, and neighborhood empowerment. A position To Be Navajo asks even if institution could be a position the place childrens study, 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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