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Navajo Architecture: Forms, History, Distributions
by Stephen C. Jett and Virginia E. Spencer
University of Arizona Press, 1981
Paper: 978-0-8165-3575-0 | Cloth: 978-0-8165-0688-0
Library of Congress Classification E99.N3J39
Dewey Decimal Classification 722.9109791

Navajo Architecture may well be the most complete study to date of the folk architecture of a tribal society. Enhanced by nearly 200 photographs and drawings, the book explores the whole range of a Native American tradition as it has evolved through the present day—and is already yielding to modernization.
Stephen C. Jett and Virginia E. Spencer have devoted years of fieldwork to studying the origin, evolution, and construction of Navajo buildings: not only hogans, houses, and summer dwellings, but also numerous other structures related to activities such as food preparation, hunting, sweat-bathing, and funerary observation. In addition, they have defined the geographic distribution of dwelling forms to reveal both utilization of local resources and local differences in degree of acculturation.
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