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By Malcolm D. Benally,Jennifer Nez Denetdale

Many understand that the removing and relocation of Indigenous peoples from conventional lands is part of the U.S.’ colonial earlier, yet few recognize that—in an expansive nook of northeastern Arizona—the saga maintains. The 1974 cost Act formally divided a reservation confirmed virtually a century previous among the Diné (Navajo) and the Hopi, and legally granted the contested land to the Hopi. so far, the U.S. executive has relocated among 12,000 and 14,000 Diné from Hopi Partitioned Lands, and the Diné—both there and elsewhere—continue to reside with the legacy of this relocation.

Bitter Water provides the narratives of 4 Diné ladies who've resisted elimination yet who've watched as their groups and lifeways have replaced dramatically. The publication, in accordance with 25 hours of filmed own testimony, positive factors the women’s candid discussions in their efforts to hold on a standard lifestyle in a latest international that incorporates relocation and partitioned lands; encroaching Western values and tradition; and devastating mineral extraction and improvement within the Black Mesa quarter of Arizona. notwithstanding their debts are framed through insightful writings through either Benally and Diné historian Jennifer Nez Denetdale, Benally shall we the tales of the 4 girls elders converse for themselves.

Scholars, media, and different outsiders have all informed their models of this tale, yet this can be the 1st booklet that facilities at the tales of girls who've lived it—in their very own phrases in Navajo in addition to the English translation. the result's a residing heritage of a contested cultural panorama and the original worldview of girls made up our minds to take care of their traditions and lifeways, that are so in detail attached to the land. This publication is greater than a set of reports, poetry, and prose. it's a chronicle of resistance as spoken from the hearts of these who've lived it.

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