Oral History and Ethnoarchaeology at Wupatki National Monument

Author(s): Kathryn Turney

Year: 2017


The history between the Wupatki Basin Navajo, the National Park Service, and various local ranchers has resulted in the Navajo being driven from this part of their ancestral homelands. The results led to loss of land and connection to family members, some of whom were driven across the Little Colorado River and formed new settlements. My research this summer has been to chart the genealogy of the Wupatki Navajo and extended family, visit Navajo sites within the Flagstaff National Monuments and employ spatial analysis of family dwellings and sheep herding areas within the park. I want to generate a better understanding of the importance of land use and loss and how it is related to the Navajo philosophy of K’e and K’ei’.

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Oral History and Ethnoarchaeology at Wupatki National Monument. Kathryn Turney. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430207)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 17493