The Earth Memory Compass

King with family after book talk at the Ocatvia Fellin Public Library in Gallup, NM (January 2020)

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The Earth Memory Compass: Diné Landscapes and Education in the Twentieth CenturyUniversity Press of Kansas (October 2018). Download the order form here: Earth Memory Compass UPK

Farina King’s study offers a passionate and thoughtful account of how the Diné, by holding on to their sacred ways of knowing and living, have withstood the long ordeal of educational colonialism. Beautifully written, bold in conception, and packed with intimate stories, this is a must-read for those interested in how indigenous peoples might maintain or rediscover ancestral identities.

David W. Adams, author of Education for Extinction: American Indians and the Boarding School Experience, 1875–1928 and Three Roads to Magdalena: Coming of Age in a Southwest Borderland, 1890–1990

Nominated for Best First Book Published in 2018 by the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.

In engaging and readable prose, Farina King has produced a compelling autoethnography wherein she introduces readers to the concept of the Earth Memory Compass in order to get academics and laypeople alike to rethink the history of twentieth-century Diné educational experiences. In the process, she helps readers think about land, knowledge, and collective identity creation in ways that will help subsequent generations of scholars forge new work.

Erika Bsumek, author of Indian-Made: Navajo Culture in the Marketplace, 1868–1940
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One can’t help but be drawn in by King’s own sense of wonder when it comes to her Diné heritage and her love for Diné Bikéyah.

-Navajo Times
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‘Earth Memory Compass’ leads Diné author homeNavajo Times, January 23, 2020.

An excellent analysis of culture and education among the Navajo people in the twentieth century.

-Pacific Historical Review

James T. Carroll in the Pacific Historical Review, Volume 88, Number 4, Fall 2019, pp. 738-739.

Jennifer Denetdale in the History of Education QuarterlyVolume 59, Issue 3, August 2019, pp. 419-422.

John R. Gram in the Journal of Arizona History, Volume 60, Number 3, Autumn 2019, pp. 343-345.

Miranda J. Haskie in Tribal College: Journal of American Indian Higher Education, Volume 31, Number 2, Winter 2019, p. 46.

Robert S. McPherson in Journal of Mormon History, Volume 45, Number 2, April 2019, pp. 148-151.

King’s excellent book shows how Diné children navigated the disorienting terrain of assimilation through schooling to rediscover their way home. Through King’s guidance, readers are lucky to be able to accompany them on a portion of this journey.

-The Western Historical Quarterly

Matthew Villeneuve in The Western Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, Issue 1, Spring 2020, pp. 100-101.

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