Item description for Navajoland: A Native Son Shares his Legacy (Special Scenic Collection) by LeRoy DeJolie & Tony Hillerman...
Pghootographer-author LeRoy DeJolie describes and shows his homeland as not onlya a ruggedly beautiful territory in the Four Corners region of Arizona but also as a aprt of h is heritage and culture. His photos and storeis of the Navajo way of lefe are intertwined as surely as strands of a rope. The books is richly illustrated with full-color landscape photography and tells stories about the ancient ways and beliefs of the Navajo people. Noting that DeJolie focuses on a Holy Land, Tonny Hillerman compares the Navajo Creation Story with the Bible's Book of Genesis.
From The Book Jacket Come, join photographer LeRoy DeJolie on a visual tour of Navajoland, his homeland, an expanse that he sees not only as a ruggedly beautiful territory in the Four Corners region but also as the cradle of his heritage.And read writer LeRoy DeJolie's accounts of the Navajo way of life and religion, whch are intertwined as surely as strands of a rope.As you embark on this journey, bear in mind a point made by Tony Hillerman in his foreword - that the Navajo photographer focuses on a Holy Land. Hillerman's analogy compares the Navajo Creation Story with the Bible's Book of Genesis.In the coming pages, youw ill experience Navajoland as a Navajo does and in the way he wants others to experience it - not just as a wondrous landscape but also as a place with which to spiritually connect. For example, when a visitor to Navajoland sees Spider Rock, he or she sees a tall, sculpted tower rising from the floor of Canyon de Chelly. A Navajo sees the monolith as the home of Spider woman, who taught the Navajo people how to weave. Some Navajo parents also use the white-capped rock to help teach their children how to act in a harmonious, balanced manner.This book also displays photographic portfolios cnetering on each of the Navajos' four sacred mountains. Each portfolio is preceded by a vignette describing the physical features of each mountain and its significance in Navajo mythology.Indeed, in Navajoland, a native sone shares his legacy.
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"I see my work more as a mission than a job," says LeRoy DeJolie. "It is my lifetime ambition to help preserve the heritage our Navajo ancestors desired for succeeding generations--a heritage that intertwines with the land. For many of our people, that heritage is vanishing from their lives and memories as they are swept into the more dominant cultures around us." His appreciation for the land began as a young Navajo shepherd, away from the noise and grime and traffic, jams of cities. He attended schools in Phoenix and Los Angeles, but his heart remained anchored to the red-rock canyons, mesas, and sage-coverage rangeland of the Kaibito Plateau, the plateau just south of Navajo Mountain, in the farthest reaches of northern Arizona.
Reviews - What do customers think about Navajoland: A Native Son Shares his Legacy (Special Scenic Collection)?
Native American Jul 30, 2008
This was one of the most beautiful & interesting books I've ever read. The pictures are breathtaking. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves history.
Magnificent! Mar 17, 2007
The pictures will take your breath away. Absolutely magnificent. The photographer has managed to capture the beauty and sacredness of his land. What a gift!
Very nice book, well worth owning, wish it shipped faster & was HBK Dec 21, 2005
I saw this book mentioned on NBC Nightly News and decided to get a copy as a gift for my brother, just about all I can find to complain about is the long shipping time and the fact that it only comes as a paperback, not hardback. Both in Mr. Hillerman's forward and in the photographer's own text you get some Navajo history and philosophy about how/why things happened and their beliefs. Apparently the ancestral Navajos considered four mountains to be the boundaries of their territory, much of that land is still inside present day reservation borders. The book is divided into four sections, by mountain and north,south,east and west. Each section of the land is represented by some very nice photography, some of it similar to what you might have seen before but more often unfamiliar scenery. It's well worth owning.
I knew there was magic and this book proves it.... Dec 8, 2005
What beautiful pictures ...waves of emotions rippled thru my soul as I turned these timeless pages. Truly a gift to those fortunate enough to find this book in their hands. The history was as incredible as the Sunrise of course!