Annotated Bibliography-NK

Frisbie, C.J. (2000), The Return of Navajo Boy. Visual Anthropology Review, 16: 92-95. doi:10.1525/var.2000.16.1.92

This source is an article from an anthropology journal; the article critiques the short film, “The Return of Navajo Boy” (2000), regarding the viewpoints it provides for the viewer on uranium mining within the Navajo Nation.

This article provides me insights into one of the most influential pieces of film on the topic of the Navajo Nation and uranium mining. The Return of Navajo Boy is the fifty year in waiting continuation of Robert Kennedy’s film The Navajo Boy (1950). The large timeframe between the original and sequel allows me to see the past and present perception of the Navajo people. In addition, The Return of Navajo Boy shows the viewer an unfiltered collection of stories directly from Navajo residents, giving the reader a truly local perspective of uranium mining  unlike the voiceless original movie, where Robert Kennedy narrates via prewritten scripts and the Navajo’s only influence are visuals.

WEISIGER, MARSHA. Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country. SEATTLE; LONDON: University of Washington Press, 2009. Accessed October 12, 2020.

This source is a book about the history of Navajo Pastoralism. It focuses on the drastic changes to husbandry and production that 1930 New Dealer government forced upon the Navajo People.

Marsha Weisiger’s Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country acts as a great background for my entire project. When thinking about uranium mining within the Colorado Plateau, one should wonder why Navajo men were enthusiastic to work within horrible mining conditions. Weisiger’s work gives the reader some insight into that question and the political stratosphere during the 1930’s. The Navajo’s dependence on pasture herding is one important topic that she discusses early within the book, with their livestock providing 50% of Navajo Nation’s GDP. As a result of the increasing soil erosion due to overgrazing, the mid 1930’s new deal government imposed a limit to the Navajo’s livestock, reducing their total amount by 3/4th. I can utilize all these bits of history to help show my readers why uranium mines were welcome with opened arms by the Navajo People.