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Guided by the Mountains: Navajo Political Philosophy and Governance

Michael Lerma


What do traditional Diné institutions of governance offer to our understanding of the contemporary challenges faced by the Navajo Nation today and tomorrow? The research is part history and part political science. It pioneers applications of cutting-edge research methods, and primary and secondary research will detail where Navajo Nation has been. Diné history is explored via creation accounts, the Naachid systems, and the various contemporary councils, while unclear aspects of Diné history are illuminated by relying on oral accounts. Analysis pinpoints what is missing in governance today, whi ... More

Keywords: Naachid, Naat'aanii, war Naat'aanii, peace Naat'aanii, governance, Indigenous, Navajo, Diné

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190639853
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190639853.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Lerma, author
Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Northern Arizona University