Lesson 17: Diné (Navajo)

Last Thursday we discussed Diné culture and read an article by Lloyd Lee about Navajo identity formation. We focused much of our discussion on the perception of the Diné as only a post-contact culture, their adaptability to new environmental and sociopolitical situations, and their religion. Lee’s article proposes a new method for determining Navajo tribal membership based more on emic, cultural criteria than on the existing etic, biological criteria. We ran out of time last week, so we will discuss Lee’s proposed method tomorrow.

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