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Archaeology Lecture at Willamette U.  In #SalemOR – Feb. 4th

To Be Diné in the American West: The Archaeology of Nineteenth-Century Navajo Cultural Persistence

Dr. Kerry F. Thompson, Department of Anthropology, Northern Arizona University

February 4, 2016 at 7:30 PM

As a symbolic representation of the Diné universe, the hogan represents a life lived in pursuit of beauty and balance and is a material representation of Diné philosophy and worldview.

Using Diné philosophy as an interpretive tool, this project investigates the archaeological evidence for cultural persistence among late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century Diné hogan households. Analysis of a sample of hogan sites recorded as evidence for the Navajo Land Claim case indicate that hogan architecture persisted in form and function in the face of intensive American contact, intrusive colonial policies, and profound changes in other areas of Diné social and cultural life. The dialectic between colonial policy and traditional Dine culture did not alter the core of Diné identity as it is represented in Diné architecture, persistent settlement patterns, and decision making about movement on the landscape.

This event is free and open to the public.

Location Information:
Willamette University Campus – Law School, Room: 201 – Paulus Lecture Hall
245 Winter Street SE 
Salem 97301
Phone: 503-370-6380

Contact Information:
Name: L. Whitaker
Phone: 503-370-6615
Email: lwhitake@willamette.edu

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