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Left Handed, Son of Old Man Hat


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Left Handed (Navajo) (1868-?) was a Dine man who was born at Hweeldi (the Bosque Redondo prison camp), where the American military held Navajos from 1863 to 1868, and then returned to the Navajo homeland with his family. At the time of Walter Dyk's interviews about his life, he was positioned as an elder who had lived well and prospered. Walter Dyk (1899-1972) was a linguist who studied under Edward Sapir. He studied Navajo language and published Old Mexican. Jennifer Denetdale (Dine/Navajo) is the first Dine/Navajo to earn a PhD in history and is an associate professor of American studies at the University of New Mexico. She is the author of Reclaiming Dine History: The Legacies of Navajo Chief Manuelito and Juanita and The Long Walk: The Forced Exile of the Navajo.


"An extraordinarily vivid and detailed story, full of earthily realistic dialogue, told with an amazing storyteller's craft."-The Roundup
* The Roundup *
"A serious anthropological study that reads like a combination of Tobacco Road with two parts of Studs Lonigan."-New Republic
* New Republic *
"An entertaining and absorbing story about Indian life."-True West
* True West *
"For Western fiction writers, there is much to glean here; for anthropologists . . . there is an opportunity here to read and reflect on the discipline and its relationship with indigenous people."-Tom Carpenter, Roundup Magazine -- Tom Carpenter * Roundup Magazine *

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