Native American Heritage Month recommended reads from the University of Arizona Press

Native American Heritage Month recommended reads from the University of Arizona Press

Nov. 1, 2023

Native American Heritage Month is November 1-30

UA Press Native American Heritage Month books

Nihikéyah, Navajo Homeland

Lloyd L. Lee is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and a professor of Native American studies at the University of New Mexico. He edited a new anthology that offers perspectives of the Navajo homeland highlighting Diné examinations and understandings of the land. 

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? “Nihikéyah” was published in October 2023. 

From the Skin, Defending Indigenous Nations Using Theory and Praxis

Indigenous studies professors J. Jeffery Clark and Elise Boxer edited "From the Skin." Contributors demonstrate the real-world application of Indigenous theory to the work they do in their own communities and how this work is driven by urgency, responsibility, and justice—work that is from the skin. Clark and Boxer propose and develop the term practitioner-theorist to describe how the contributors theorize and practice knowledge within and between their nations and academia. Because they live and exist in their community, these practitioner-theorists always consider how their thinking and actions benefit their people and nations. The practitioner-theorists of this volume envision and labor toward decolonial futures where Indigenous peoples and nations exist on their own terms. Published in November 2023.

Urban Indigeneities, Being Indigenous in the Twenty-First Century

Edited by Dana Brablec and Andrew Canessa, “Indigeneities” goes global focusing on where most indigenous people live: cities! This is the first book to look at urban Indigenous peoples globally and present the urban Indigenous experience—not as the exception but as the norm. The contributing essays draw on a wide range of disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, architecture, land economy, and area studies, and are written by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars. The analysis looks at Indigenous people across the world and draws on examples not usually considered within the study of indigeneity, such as Fiji, Japan, and Russia.

Becoming Hopi, A History

The Hopi Tribe is one of the most intensively studied Indigenous groups in the world. Most popular accounts of Hopi history romanticize Hopi society as “timeless.” Now available in paperback, “Becoming” weaves together evidence from archaeology, oral tradition, historical records, and ethnography to reconstruct the full story of the Hopi Mesas, rejecting the colonial divide between “prehistory” and “history.” 

Editors for this collection:

  • Stewart B. Koyiyumptewa, member of the Badger Clan from Hotvela on Third Mesa
  • Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, member of the Greasewood Clan from Paaqavi on Third Mesa
  • Wesley Bernardini, professor of anthropology at the University of Redlands in California
  • Gregson Schachner, professor of anthropology, UCLA

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