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The Navajo as Seen by the Franciscans, 1898-1921 : A Sourcebook - Howard M. Bahr

The Navajo as Seen by the Franciscans, 1898-1921

A Sourcebook

By: Howard M. Bahr (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 28th June 2004
ISBN: 9780810849624
Number Of Pages: 656

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This volume covers the remarkably productive first decades of the Franciscan missions to the Navajo, during the ministry of Father Anselm Weber, from the arrival of the first missionaries in 1898 to Fr. Anselm's passing in 1921. Its 43 chapters are divided into six parts: Beginnings, Indian Policy, Early Ministry 1901-1910, Navajo Land, Among the People 1911-1920, and Navajo Customs and Character. Supplemented by 16 rare black and white photographs, this reference work is a fascinating glance into the lives of two cultures forever changed by each other.

This volume succeeds brilliantly in bringing to life the writings of first-generation Franciscans who worked among the Navajo. With meticulous archival work as well as careful editing and juxtaposition of texts, Bahr (Brigham Young Univ.) provides an in-depth introduction to the mission and the Franciscans' multifaceted work as pastors, preachers, ethnologists, legal advocates, peacemakers, and linguists....Highly recommended. All readers. * CHOICE *
Howard Bahr's The Navajo as Seen by the Franciscans, 1898-1921, is an invaluable sourcebook for the extraordinary confluence between the Dine and the early Franciscans...Many of these writings are difficult to access, and their being assembled in one book is a great contribution to the study of the Franciscan view of the Navajo during the pivotal years, 1898-1921....Bahr's book, with its brilliant introduction detailing the friars' contribution to the mutually enriching Franciscan/Navajo confluence, is an illuminating account of the sensitivity of the early Franciscans to the Navajo. * The Catholic Historical Review *
These records provide absolutely engrossing reading and make a significant historical contribution. * American Reference Books Annual *
In their efforts to convert the Navajo to Catholicism, the Franciscans at the St. Michael mission in Arizona, lived among the Navajo to study their language and culture. This sourcebook collects the friars' observations from the early period of the mission, 1898 to 1921, as recorded in their correspondence, journal entries and administrative reports. Bahr...uses primary and secondary material and provides biographical and historical background for his selections. * Reference and Research Book News *

Abbreviationsp. xi
Series Editor's Forewordp. xiii
Forewordp. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Introductionp. xxv
Beginningsp. 1
The Birth of the Navajo Missionsp. 3
Beginnings of St. Michael's Mission and Schoolp. 6
First Christmasesp. 16
"Suspicion Is almost a Virtue Here"p. 24
Father Anselm's 1899 San Juan Explorationp. 38
First Impressions and Councils with Headmen, 1900p. 52
Fall 1900: Students to Santa Fe, Headmen to Cienegap. 72
Mission to the San Juan, 1904p. 87
Indian Policyp. 109
Federal Policy and Indian Missions, 1869-1916p. 111
What Are We Doing for the Indians?p. 126
Early Ministry, 1901-1910p. 171
Neighborsp. 173
Chin Lee in Retrospectp. 182
Time in the Saddle, Students, and Sacramentsp. 193
Law and Order, American Stylep. 210
The Navajo Trouble of 1905p. 221
The Case of Des Chee Neep. 244
The Last Warriorp. 259
Navajo Landp. 265
Land Claims: Learning and Using the Lawp. 267
White Profits from Navajo Landsp. 282
The Navajo Indians: A Statement of Factsp. 289
My Work on Navajo Land Problemsp. 318
Among the People, 1911-1920p. 325
The Faith for One and Allp. 327
Shortcoats and Longgownsp. 335
Tales of Lukachukaip. 347
A Sick Call to Crystalp. 360
Navajo on the Warpath?p. 366
St. Isabel's: The Missing Pagesp. 386
"You Ministers Seem to Make Trouble for Us Wherever You Are"p. 394
Life at Chin Lee Mission, 1917-1918: Contrasting Viewsp. 400
The Struggle for Chin Leep. 412
Influenza Epidemicp. 438
Prioritiesp. 462
Navajo Customs and Characterp. 485
Navajo Land and Peoplep. 487
The Character of the Navajop. 512
Navajo Namesp. 516
Family Love and Family Workp. 522
The Navajo Woman and Her Homep. 532
Mealtimes with the Navajop. 534
Pawn, Games, Gamblingp. 540
Navajo Ethicsp. 548
Prayer and Sacrifice in Navajo Perspectivep. 552
The Natural and the Supernaturalp. 562
The Navajo and Christianityp. 574
Franciscan Friars of the Province of St. John Baptist Serving the Navajo Missions, 1898-1921p. 581
Bibliographyp. 585
Indexp. 591
About the Contributorsp. 605
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ISBN: 9780810849624
ISBN-10: 0810849623
Series: Native American Resources Series
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 656
Published: 28th June 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.83 x 16.15  x 4.19
Weight (kg): 1.02