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Sound of Navajo Country: Music, Language, and Diné Belonging

Kristina M. Jacobsen


In this ethnography of Navajo (Diné) popular music culture, Kristina M. Jacobsen examines questions of Indigenous identity and performance by focusing on the surprising and vibrant Navajo country music scene. Through multiple first-person accounts, Jacobsen illuminates country music’s connections to the Indigenous politics of language and belonging, examining through the lens of music both the politics of difference and many internal distinctions Diné make among themselves and their fellow Navajo citizens. As the second largest tribe in the United States, the Navajo have often been portrayed a ... More

Keywords: Indigenous identity, Navajo country music, politics of language and belonging, politics of difference, poetics and politics, politics of indigeneity, generational nostalgia, cultural intimacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469631868
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631868.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristina M. Jacobsen, author
University of New Mexico