April 10, 2018

25 Incredible Pictures That Capture Everyday Life of the Navajo Nation in the 1940s

The Navajo Nation is a Native American territory covering about 71,000 km2, occupying portions of northeastern Arizona, southeastern Utah, and northwestern New Mexico in the United States. This is the largest land area retained by a Native American tribe.

The Navajo Nation has an elected government that includes an executive office, a legislative house, and a judicial system, but the United States federal government continues to assert plenary power over all decisions. The executive system manages a large law enforcement and social services apparatus, health services, Diné College, and other local educational trusts.

The population continues to disproportionately struggle with health problems, unemployment, and the effects of past uranium mining incidents.

These black and white pictures were taken by John Collier Jr. that show everyday life of Navajo people in 1948.

A feast after a ceremony, near Ganado, Arizona, 1948

A Navajo woman riding horse, near Ganado, Arizona, 1948

Elizabeth Smith cooking fried bread, Near Ganado, Arizona, 1948

Father and daughter planting corn, near Tuba City, Arizona, 1948

Fixing irrigation ditch, near Moenave, Arizona, 1948

In a factory, 1948

Jim Smith family building a hogan, near Ganado, Arizona, 1948

Men at rest, Arizona, 1948

Mother and daughter cutting sheep wool, near Tuba City, Arizona, 1948

Mother and daughter doing spring planting, near Tuba City, Arizona, 1948

Natani family, near Ganado, Arizona, 1948

Navajo family in Arizona, 1948

Navajo family, Navajo Mountain, Arizona, 1948

Navajo girl handspinning, near Ganado, Arizona, 1948

Navajo girls learn first to weave by observation, near Navajo Mountain, Utah, 1948

Navajo man plowing land near White House Ruins, Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, 1948

Navajo man taking water, 198

Navajo Mountain School, Utah, 1948

Navajo Mountain School, Utah, 1948

Navajo Mountain, Utah, 1948

Navajo people, 1948

Navajo WWII veteran showing his children his Japanese stamp and coin collection, 1948

Spinning and weaving go on until a rug is finished, Navajo Reservation, 1948

Students at the Navajo Mountain Community School, Navajo Mountain, Utah, 1948

Students practice trading, at the Navajo Mountain Community School, Utah, 1948





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