NAVAJO Traditions and Change in the Southwest
by Wolfgang Lindig and Helga Teiwes
Publisher: Facts on File, New York
Hardback with slipcover, first English language edition, 1993, 240 pages, illustrated.
First published in Zurich, Switzerland, under the title Navajo in 1991
English translation published in the United States in 1993
More than 150 photographs vividly and poignantly capture the duality everywhere apparent in the Navajo world: landmark trading posts selling gorgeous hand-loomed rugs also serve as automobile dealerships; traditional hogans stand beside modern houses; a major highway cuts through the Moenkopi Plateau. Yet other images point to a successful synthesis; graduation ceremonies at Navajo Community College; modern irrigation for increased crop output; and the hogan-shaped meeting room of the Navajo Nation’s Tribal Council.
Together, the words and images tell the story of a nation within a nation, its citizens striving to maintain cultural continuity while adapting to life amid the constant flux of the modern world.