Navajo History

This page is a “working bibliography” of resources that have been helpful to me in the study of Navajo history and culture. Connecting to the past and learning about traditional Navajo culture are important aspects of  Navajo-Churro sheep stewardship. In my opinion it is impossible to understand what “conservation” of the breed means without doing this work. If you have something to add or comments/concerns on references I cite, feel free to email me about it.

Charles Avery Amsden, Navaho Weaving Its Technic and History. University of New Mexico Press, 1949.

Lynn R. Bailey, If You Take My Sheep. Westernlore Publications, 1980.

George A. Boyce, When Navajos Had Too Many Sheep: the 1940s. The Indian Historian Press, 1974.

Johnson Broderick, Navajo Stories of the Long Walk Period. Diné Community College Press, 1973.

Jennifer Denetdale, The Long Walk: The Forced Navajo Exile. Chelsea House Publishers, 2008.

Diné be ‘iiná: The Navajo Lifeway. Non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a sustainable livelihood through the Navajo Way of Life.

William W. Dunmire, New Mexico’s Spanish Livestock Heritage. University of New Mexico Press, 2013.

Winifred Kupper, The Golden Hoof. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1945.

Susan Shelby Magoffin, Down the Santa Fe Trail and Into Mexico. University of Nebraska Press, 1982 (reprint of diary written in 1846).

Raza Autóctona en Peligro de Extinción: Ovino. Endangered breeds of sheep from Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture website. Similar info available from the Federación Española de Asociaciones de Ganado Selecto.

Robert A. Roessel, Jr., Dinétah: Navajo History Volume II. Navajo Curriculum Center, 1983 (currently out-of-print).

Hampton Sides, Blood and Thunder. Anchor Books, 2006.

James H. Simpson, Navajo Expedition: Journal of a Military Reconnaissance from Santa Fe, New Mexico to the Navaho Country Made in 1849. University of Oklahoma Press, 1964.

Lawrence D. Sundberg, Dinétah: An Early History of the Navajo PeopleSunstone Press, 1995.

Joanne Teller & Norman Blackwater, The Navajo Skinwalker, Witchcraft, and Related Phenomena. Infinity Horn Publishing, 1996 (currently out-of-print).

Peggy Thomson, Katie Henio: Navajo Sheepherder. Cobblehill Books, 1995.

Shelby J. Tisdale, Spider Woman’s Gift. Museum of New Mexico Press, 2011.

Marsha Weisiger, Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country. University of Washington Press, 2009.

Louisa Wade Wetherill, Wolfkiller: Wisdom from a Nineteenth-Century Navajo Shepherd.  Gibbs Smith, 2007.