Pearson, Keith Laurence. Processes of political development in a Navajo community

Table of Contents

Publication Information

Chapter 1 Introduction

The Background

The Navajo Reservation

Chapter 2 The Community On The Navajo Reservation

The Navajo Concept Of Community

The Community

Chapter 3 The Research Community

The Delineation Of The Community

Location And Physical Characteristics



The Annual Cycle

The Winter Months.

The Spring Months.

The Summer Months.

The Fall Months.

General Observations

Chapter 4 The Economic System

The Economic Mechanism




Trade Activities.



The Social Aspects



Donors And Lenders.

General Observations

Chapter 5 The Political System

Local Community Authority Statuses


Religious And Ceremonial Authorities.

Financial Status Positions

Educational Status Positions.

Craftsman Status Positions.

Tribal Authority Statuses

Tribal Councilman.

Chapter Officers.

District Grazing Committee Positions.

Tribal Police And Judges.

Anglo-american Authority Statuses

Religious Positions.

Medical Positions.

Bureau Of Indian Affairs Positions.

State And Municipal Police And Judges.

School Officials.

The Trader And Merchant Position.

General Observations

Chapter 6 Religious Influences In The Community

The Religious Groups

White-american Missions.

Traditional Navajo.

The Native American Church.

Religious Group Stratification

The Mormon.

The Pentecostals.

The Liturgical Group.

The Evangelical Group.

The Native American Church Group.

General Observations

Chapter 7 External Relations

Belationships With Other Communities

Kinship Ties.

The Chapter Organization.

The Election Communities.

Schools And Clinics.

Relationships With The Total Reservation

Relationships With State And County

Relationships With The Federal Government

Relationships With Other Indian Groups

General Observations

Chapter 8 Navajo Bureaucratic Political Organization

The Tribal Council

Historical Development.

The Navajo Tribal Council In 1966–1967.

The Chapter Organization

The Early Chapter Organization.

Recent Chapter Organization.

The Grazing Committee

Other Community-level Agencies

The Tribal Community Development Department.

The Tribal Welfare Department.

The Office Of Navajo Economic Opportunity.

General Observations

Chapter 9 The Local Community Development Program

The Program Design

The Program Operation

The Local Community Development Program: Examples




General Observations

Chapter 10 Local Political Activity

Competition For Chapter Leadership

The Baseline.


The Results.

Policy Disagreement

The Baseline.

The Developments.

The Results.

The Imposition Of Conflict

The Baseline.

The Developments.

The Results

General Observations

Chapter 11 Conclusion

The Tribal Council

The Chapter Organization

The Community

Processes Of Political Development

The Community Development Program In The Twin Rocks Chapter

Conflict Resolution.


General Observations

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Publication Information The main body of the Publication Information page contains all the metadata that HRAF holds for that document.

Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Processes of political development in a Navajo community

Published By: Original publisher Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms, 1969 [1985 copy]. 2, 18, 275 leaves: ill. map

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Keith Laurence Pearson

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Navajo (NT13)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Chief executive (643); Territorial hierarchy (631); Ethnosociology (829); Production and supply (433); Pastoral activities (233); Clans (614); Public welfare (657); Kin relationships (602); Sociocultural trends (178); Economic planning and development (179);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document The author of this source was involved first-hand in a local training program for Navajo 'Local Community Development Program' Officers. He surveys the history of local and self-government among the Navajo, and explains in detail the workings of community Chapters and the Tribal Council.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 222

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. nt13-222

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: UM69-13,369. Thesis (Ph.D.) -- University of Arizona, 1969.

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1966-1967

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. M. A. Marcus ; John Beierle ; 1985

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1846-1967

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Navajo Reservation, Fort Defiance Agency, Arizona, United States

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Navajo Indians


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