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Navajo Nation 1950: Traditional Life in Photographs
 
 
Author
Jonathan B. Wittenberg. Geoffrey I. Brown, foreword.
Publisher Glitterati  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 11.5 x 10.75 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780977753192
Pages/Publication Date 127/2006
Daedalus Item Code 41193
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Physiology and biophysics professor Jonathan Wittenberg was still a student when, in 1950, he went to live among the Navajo—or Dine—in Arizona. Feeling isolated by not knowing their language, Wittenberg turned to photography as a bridge, and his hosts were happy to help him as he began recording their lives with his bulky twin-lens reflex camera. The resulting black and white photos—extraordinary portraits of individuals as well as daily activities, landscapes, and special events usually closed to outside eyes—are now in the permanent collection of the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Arizona. They document a people and their lives from a time that is all but unrecorded.

"Jonathan B. Wittenberg's great gallery of Navajo Country photographs took me back to the way it was on the 'Big Rez' when I was just back from World War II. I happened into an 'Enemy Way' ceremony being held for the clans of two Marines just back from the Pacific side of that war. What I saw there sparked my love affair with the Navajos, their enduring culture of love, good humor and harmony, and the high, dry, dramatic landscape in which they endure. This is a beautiful and valuable book."—Tony Hillerman

 
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