Woven together in Donna Deyhle's ethnohistory are three generations and twenty-five years of friendship, interviews, and rich experience with Navajo women. Through a skillful blending
As a recognized authority on the subject, qualified by multiple degrees in racial and American Indian studies, Deyhle is able to chronicle the lives and "survivance" of three Navajo women in a way that is simultaneously ethnographic and moving. Her critique of the U.S. education system's underlying yet very real tendency toward structural discrimination takes shape in elegant prose that moves freely into and out of time and place. The combination of substantive sources and touching personal experience forms a profound and enduring narrative of critical and current importance.
While this book stands as a powerful contribution to American Indian studies, its compelling human elements will extend its appeal to anyone concerned with the ongoing plight of American Indians in the education system.
About Donna Deyhle
Donna Deyhle is a professor in the Department of Education, Culture and Society and is the coordinator of the American Indian Studies Program in the Ethnic Studies Program at the University of Utah.