Diné Doctor History Books

This is a developing list of recommended books for the Diné Doctor History Syllabus.

#DinéDoctorHistorySyllabus Books:

Alvord, Lori and Elizabeth Cohen Van Pelt. The Scalpel and the Silver Bear: The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing. New York: Bantam Books, 2000.

Aronilth, Wilson, Jr. Diné Bi Bee Ohoo’aah Ba’Sila: An Introduction to Navajo
Philosophy. Many Farms, Arizona: Diné Community College Press, 1994.

Aronilth, Wilson, Jr. Foundation of Navajo Culture. Tsaile, Arizona: Navajo Community College, 1992.

Benally, Malcolm. Bitter Water: Diné Oral Histories of the Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2011.

Bighorse, Tiana, Nöel Bennett, and Barry Lopez. Bighorse the Warrior. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1994.

Blue, Martha. The Witch Purge of 1878: Oral and Documentary History in the Early Navajo Reservation Years. Tsaile, Arizona: Navajo Community College Press, 1988.

Boyce, George Arthur. When Navajos Had Too Many Sheep: The 1940’s. San Francisco, California: The Indian Historian Press, 1974.

Brugge, Doug, Timothy Benally, and Esther Yazzie-Lewis. The Navajo People and Uranium Mining. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2007.

Chamberlain, Kathleen P. Under Sacred Ground: A History of Navajo Oil, 1922-1982. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2000.

Davies, Wade. Healing Ways: Navajo Health Care in the Twentieth Century. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2009.

DeJong, David H. “If You Knew the Conditions”: A Chronicle of the Indian Medical Service and American Indian Health Care, 1908-1955. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2008.

DeJong, David H. Plagues, Politics, and Policy: A Chronicle of the Indian Health Service, 1955-2008. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2011.

Denetdale, Jennifer. Reclaiming Diné History: The Legacies of Navajo Chief Manuelito and Juanita. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2007.

Deyhle, Donna. Reflections in Place: Connected Lives of Navajo Women. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2009.

Eichstaedt, Peter H. If You Poison Us: Uranium and Native Americans. Santa Fe, NM: Red Crane Books, 1994.

Elliott, Erica M. and Joan Borysenko. Medicine and Miracles in the High Desert: My Life Among the Navajo People. Bloomington, IN: Balboa Press, 2019.

Farella, John R. The Main Stalk: A Synthesis of Navajo Philosophy. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1984.

Frisbie, Charlotte J. Food Sovereignty the Navajo Way: Cooking with Tall Woman. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2018.

Gill, S.D. Sacred Words: A Study of Navajo Religion and Prayer: Contributions in Intercultural and Comparative Studies. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1981.

Hadley, Linda and Roger Hathale. Hózhǫ́ǫ́jí hane: Blessingway. Rough Rock, Arizona: Rough Rock Demonstration School, 1986.

Halpern, Katherine Spencer and Susan Brown McGreevy. Washington Matthews: Studies of Navajo Culture, 1880-1894. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1997.

Hartog, Cocia. Indian Mission Sketches: Descriptions and Views of Navajo Life in the Rehoboth Mission School and Stations, Tohatchi and Zuni. Gallup. New Mexico: Self-published, 1910-1911.

Holiday, John and Robert S. McPherson. A Navajo Legacy: The Life and Teachings of John Holiday. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2005.

Iverson, Peter. Diné: A History of the Navajos. Albuquerque, New Mexico: University of New Mexico Press, 2002.

Iverson, Peter, ed. “For Our Navajo People”: Diné Letters, Speeches, and Petitions, 1900-1960. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico, 2002.

Joe, Jennie R. and Robert S. Young, eds. Diabetes as a Disease of Civilization: The Impact of Culture Change on Indigenous Peoples. New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 1993.

Kelly, Lawrence C. The Navajo Indians and Federal Indian Policy, 1900-1935. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1968.

Kelley, Klara and Harris Francis. A Diné History of Navajoland. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2019.

King, Farina. The Earth Memory Compass: Diné Landscapes and Education in the Twentieth Century. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2018.

Kristofic, Jim. Medicine Women: The Story of the First Native American Nursing School. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2019.

Kunitz, Stephen. Disease Change and the Role of Medicine: The Navajo Experience (Comparative Studies of Health Systems and Medical Care). Berkeley: University of California Press, 1983. First edition.

Lee, Lloyd L., ed. Diné Perspectives: Revitalizing and Reclaiming Navajo Thought. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2014.

Lee, Lloyd L., ed. Navajo Sovereignty: Understandings and Visions of the Diné People. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2017.

Locke, Raymond Friday. The Book of the Navajo. New York: Holloway House
Publishing, 2001.

McCloskey, Joanne. Living Through the Generations: Continuity and Change in Navajo Women’s Lives. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2007.

McPherson, Robert S. Dinéjí Na’nitin: Navajo Traditional Teachings and History. University of Colorado Press, 2012.

McPherson, Robert S. Navajo Land, Navajo Culture: The Utah Experience in the Twentieth Century. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2001.

McPherson, Robert S. Sacred Land, Sacred View: Navajo Perceptions of the Four Corners Region. Provo, Utah: Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, 1992.

Moss, Margaret P., ed. American Indian Health and Nursing. New York: Springer Publishing Company, 2015.

Niethammer, Carolyn. I’ll Go and Do More: Annie Dodge Wauneka, Navajo Leader and Activist. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004.

Niethammer, Carolyn. Keeping the Rope Straight: Annie Dodge Wauneka’s Life of Service to the Navajo. Flagstaff, AZ: Salina Bookshelf, Inc., 2006.

O’Neill, Colleen. Working the Navajo Way: Labor and Culture in the Twentieth Century. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2005.

Oshley, N. and Robert S. McPherson. The Journey of Navajo Oshley: An Autobiography and Life History. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2000. https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1051&context=usupress_pubs.

Parman, Donald L. The Navajos and the New Deal. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 1976.

Pasternak, Judy. Yellow Dirt. New York: Free Press, 2010.

Powell, Dana E. Landscapes of Power: Politics of Energy in the Navajo Nation. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2018.

Rife, James P. and Alan J. Dellapenna. Caring and Curing: A History of the Indian Health Service. Terra Alta, West Virginia: PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health, 2009.

Rhoades, Everett R., ed. American Indian Health Innovations in Health Care, Promotion, and Policy. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.

Roessel, Robert A. Dinétah: Navajo History Vol. II. Rough Rock, Arizona: Navajo Curriculum Center and Title IV-B Materials Development Project, Rough Rock Demonstration School, 1983.

Schwarz, Maureen Trudelle. Blood and Voice: Navajo Women Ceremonial Practitioners. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2003.

Schwarz, Maureen Trudelle. “I Choose Life”: Contemporary Medical and Religious Practices in the Navajo World. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2008.

Schwarz, Maureen Trudelle. Molded in the Image of Changing Woman: Navajo Views on the Human Body and Personhood. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1997.

Schwarz, Maureen Trudelle. Navajo Lifeways: Contemporary Issues, Ancient Knowledge. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2001.

Sherry, John William. Land, Wind, and Hard Words: A Story of Navajo Activism. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2002.

Trennert, Robert A. White Man’s Medicine: Government Doctors and the Navajo, 1863-1955. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1998.

Voyles, Traci Brynne. Wastelanding: Legacies of Uranium Mining in Navajo Country. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015.

Weisiger, Marsha. Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2009.

White, Richard. The Roots of Dependency: Subsistence, Environment, and Social Change among the Choctaws, Pawnees, and Navajos. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1988.

Witherspoon, Gary. Language and Art in the Navajo Universe. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1977.

Wyman, Leland Clifton and Bernard Haile. Blessingway. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1970.

Zah, Peterson and Peter Iverson. We Will Secure Our Future: Empowering the Navajo Nation. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2012.