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West of the Thirties: Discoveries Among the Navajo and Hopi

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The charming and fascinating story of famed anthropologist Hall's work with the Navajo and Hopi people in the American West of the 1930s. This firsthand account illuminates the different logic of the Navajo and Hopi in a rough-and-tumble bygone world. 24 photos.
Hardcover, 187 pages
Published February 1st 1994 by Doubleday
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Iain
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
An insightful and heartfelt account of the authors time spent among the Hopis and Navajo. I can do no better than quote Tony Hillerman's verdict, "No one who loves the Southwest should miss this book."
Simon
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've read this one before but I want to re-read it when I get the time. Having just read "Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief on the Reservation and Beyond", I want to look again at this one, written about a time in the thirties when old traditions were still alive though threatened. Hall is a great anthropologist, and what an opportunity to experience cultural differences he had early on in his life. Short but wonderful!
Jamie
Oct 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anybody interested in American Indian culture
While not too exciting, it does give a good first-hand account of life on a reservation from an anglo perspective. Someone who has integrated somewhat into the culture.
Alan
Jan 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A great nonfiction favorite about Hall, the author of Hidden Dimension, as a young man in Navajo country, learning about culture while supposedly working on Depression era government projects.
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Born in Webster Groves, Missouri, Hall taught at the University of Denver, Colorado, Bennington College in Vermont, Harvard Business School, Illinois Institute of Technology, Northwestern University in Illinois and others. The foundation for his lifelong research on cultural perceptions of space was laid during World War II when he served in the U.S. Army in Europe and the Philippines.

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