Bachelor of Science
School or Department
Faculty Mentor Department
Forestry and Conservation, College of
navajo, sacred mountains, land use, arizona, new mexico, colorado
Environmental Studies | Human Geography | Indigenous Studies | Natural Resources and Conservation | Nature and Society Relations | Nonfiction | Place and Environment | Social and Cultural Anthropology
The Navajo homeland, Dinetah, is bordered by four mountains that are sacred to the Navajo people: two in Colorado, one in New Mexico, and one in Arizona. Historically, Navajo medicine men have traveled to these mountains to renew prayers and collect medicinal herbs. Today, the mountains, which exist outside of the reservation boundaries, are used for resource extraction and various recreational pursuits. While many Navajo are fighting for the protection of these sacred lands and their traditional culture, others are disinterested. Traditional practices and beliefs are slowly disappearing within the Navajo Nation. The land-use issues associated with these sacred mountains illustrate that the decline of Dinetah and the decline of the Navajo culture are inextricably connected.
Honors College Research Project
Catterson, Jocelyn, "May You Walk in Beauty: The Decline of Navajo Land and Culture" (2015). Undergraduate Theses and Professional Papers. 21.
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