Guided by the Mountains: Navajo Political Philosophy and Governance by Michael LermaGuided by the Mountains: Navajo Political Philosophy and Governance by Michael Lerma

Guided by the Mountains: Navajo Political Philosophy and Governance

byMichael LermaIntroduction byAvery Denny, Robert Yazzie

Hardcover | February 13, 2017

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What do traditional Indigenous institutions of governance offer to our understanding of the contemporary challenges faced by the Navajo Nation today and tomorrow? Guided by the Mountains looks at the tensions between Indigenous political philosophy and the challenges faced by Indigenousnations in building political institutions that address contemporary problems and enact "good governance."Specifically, it looks at Navajo, or Dine, political thought, focusing on traditional Dine institutions that offer "a new (old) understanding of contemporary governance challenges" facing theNavajo Nation. Arguing not only for the existence but also the persistence of traditional Navajo political thought and policy, Guided by the Mountains asserts that "traditional" Indigenous philosophy provides a model for creating effective governance institutions that address current issues faced by Indigenousnations. Incorporating both visual interpretations and narrative accounts of traditional and contemporary Dine institutions of government from Dine philosophers, the book is the first to represent Indigenous philosophy as the foundation behind traditional and contemporary governance. It alsoexplains how Dine governance institutions operated during Pre-Contact and Post-Contact times. This path-breaking book stands as the first-time normative account of Dine philosophy.
Michael Lerma is Associate Professor of Politics and International Affairs, and Applied Indigenous Studies at Northern Arizona University. Avery Denny is Professor of Dine Studies at Dine College. Robert Yazzie is Associate Professor of Law Advocate, School of Dine and Law Studies, Navajo Technical University.
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Title:Guided by the Mountains: Navajo Political Philosophy and GovernanceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:232 pagesPublished:February 13, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190639857

ISBN - 13:9780190639853

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