By Malcolm D. Benally,Jennifer Nez Denetdale

ISBN-10: 0816528985

ISBN-13: 9780816528981

Many recognize that the elimination and relocation of Indigenous peoples from conventional lands is part of the us’ colonial prior, yet few recognize that—in an expansive nook of northeastern Arizona—the saga maintains. The 1974 payment Act formally divided a reservation demonstrated nearly a century past among the Diné (Navajo) and the Hopi, and legally granted the contested land to the Hopi. so far, the U.S. govt has relocated among 12,000 and 14,000 Diné from Hopi Partitioned Lands, and the Diné—both there and elsewhere—continue to stay with the legacy of this relocation.

Bitter Water offers the narratives of 4 Diné girls who've resisted elimination yet who've watched as their groups and lifeways have replaced dramatically. The ebook, in accordance with 25 hours of filmed own testimony, good points the women’s candid discussions in their efforts to hold on a standard lifestyle in a latest global that incorporates relocation and partitioned lands; encroaching Western values and tradition; and devastating mineral extraction and improvement within the Black Mesa area of Arizona. even though their money owed are framed by way of insightful writings by way of either Benally and Diné historian Jennifer Nez Denetdale, Benally shall we the tales of the 4 ladies elders converse for themselves.

Scholars, media, and different outsiders have all advised their types of this tale, yet this is often the 1st booklet that facilities at the tales of ladies who've lived it—in their very own phrases in Navajo in addition to the English translation. the result's a dwelling background of a contested cultural panorama and the original worldview of girls decided to keep up their traditions and lifeways, that are so in detail hooked up to the land. This e-book is greater than a suite of reports, poetry, and prose. it's a chronicle of resistance as spoken from the hearts of these who've lived it.

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