Sex, Desire, and Aberration in Walter Dyk's Son of Old Man Hat, a Navajo Ethnography

Jennifer Denetdale

University of New Mexico

Dr. Jennifer Nez Denetdale is an Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico and teaches courses in Native American Studies. She specializes in Navajo history and culture; Native American women, gender, and feminisms; and Indigenous nations, colonialism, and decolonization. Her book, Reclaiming Diné History: The Legacies of Navajo Chief Manuelito and Juanita, was published by the University of Arizona Press in 2007. Professor Denetdale's most recent publication was an article, "Securing the Navajo National Boundaries: War, Patriotism, Tradition, and the Diné Marriage Act of 2005," for a special issue on Native Feminisms in Wicazo Sa Review.


Dr. Denetdale examines ethnographic depictions of nineteenth-century Navajo sexuality that piqued and alarmed federal officials, for such ethnographies informed federal Indian policies and remain part of settler colonial... [ view full abstract ]


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P02 » The Climate of Desire, Sex, Literature, and Empire (08:30 - Thursday, 22nd March, Enchantment A)

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