Animal Husbandry in Navajo Society and Culture


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Author: Downs, James F.  (1923-1999)

Publisher: University of California Press

Pub Date: 1964

Binding: Paperback

Condition: Fair to Good.  Binding tight.  No tears, bends or folds.  Previous owner’s stamp on front cover, top and bottom text block, and upper corner ffep.  Very light edge and corner wear.  Appears unused.

Notes: University of California Publications in Anthropology Volume 1.   Until the 16th century, the primary domesticated animal of the Navajo was the dog.  From then on, sheep and goats, the horse, and to a much lesser extent, cattle.  “First, I will attempt to show the profound effect that the fact of husbandry has on all other elements of culture and society and, most important, what attitudes and values are essential to husbandry.  Second, I hope to point out the effect of husbandry on the process of Navajo acculturation.  The Navajo case serves to illustrate two separate but not always clearly distinguished phenomena:  acculturation and social assimilation.”  (from the Introduction).  Revised dissertation.


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