Date of Submission

Spring 2020

Academic Program


Project Advisor 1

Laura Kunreuther

Project Advisor 2

Gregory Morton

Abstract/Artist's Statement

This ethnography looks at themes of Indigeneity and activism as it exists in the everyday realities of young people living in or around the Navajo reservation in the southwest United States. Through work-related projects of hogan construction, land reclamation, watershed management, and language restoration Navajo youth are given opportunities to take control of their present circumstances and imagine a different future for themselves and their families. Besides work, youth and activism are constituted through other mediums and spaces that allow people to express who they are, what they care about, and why these things are important to them. The consistent work of building and forming communities is one that may complicate certain historical narratives of pastness, and the dynamic possibilities that activism offers.

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