Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Authenticity in portrayals of Navajo culture at two heritage sites
by Lehmkuhl, Iva Lee, M.A., The University of Arizona, 2013, 147; 1537215
Abstract (Summary)

The degree of accuracy in portrayals of Navajo culture at Salmon Ruins Heritage Park and Rock Art Ranch was assessed by comparing the Navajo structures assembled at each site to archaeological, ethnographic and historical data for traditional Navajo construction practices. Comparison and analysis revealed different degrees of accuracy in the portrayal of features with cultural and functional importance. Authentic practices were presented in a historical framework to permit the temporal characterization of each site. The aggregate of the temporal data from features at both sites was consistent with Navajo sites of the early twentieth century. The results of this study suggest a bias in contemporary portrayals of Navajo culture favoring the most extensively documented, and the more recent, aspects of Navajo culture.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Towner, Ronald H.
Commitee: Adams, E. Charles, Dean, Jeffrey S.
School: The University of Arizona
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 51/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Archaeology, Architecture, Native American studies
Keywords: Architecture, Heritage management, Navajo
Publication Number: 1537215
ISBN: 978-1-303-07461-5
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