Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

A Cultural and Musical Study of the Navajo

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

A Cultural and Musical Study of the Navajo

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A Cultural and Musical Study of the Navajo

Kristina M. Jacobsen. The Sound of Navajo Country: Music, Language, and Dine Belonging. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, March 13, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4696-3186-8. $24.95. 200pp. 6.125X9.25". 18 illustrations.

An ethnography of Navajo country and other popular music cultures, with interviews with central musicians. Instead of showing the similarities between all Navajo people, Jacobsen explains how they differ in class, race, and tastes. The cover of the book depicts the author in cowboy boots and hat with a dark guitar and Native American style blue bracelet, earrings and belt. The author put herself on the cover because she is a pretty well-known, touring singer herself. The book includes a note on "Orthographic and Linguistic Conventions," which explains proper pronunciation of Navajo words. The "Introduction" opens with a clash between a woman and a convenience store worker that ends with the older woman insulting the cashier: "What kind of Navajo are you?" in the Navajo language, which the cashier could not understand as she was listening to heavy metal. …

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