The Ket from the Lake Munduiskoye
(2008, 30 min.) The Ket people
are an indigenous group in central Siberia whose population has numbered less than two thousand during the past century. Although mostly assimilated into the dominant Russian culture at this point, a couple hundred of them are still able to speak the Ket language
, the last remaining member of the Yeniseian language group. Recent scholarship
has proposed a link between Ket and some Native American language groups.
posted by XMLicious
on Apr 16, 2014 -
Fred Martinez was nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. He was one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at 16. Two Spirits explores the life and death of this boy who was also a girl, and the essentially spiritual nature of gender. (previously)
posted by Trurl
on Nov 10, 2011 -
"From 1944 to 1986, 3.9 million tons of uranium ore were dug and blasted from Navajo soil, nearly all of it for America's atomic arsenal. Navajos inhaled radioactive dust, drank contaminated water and built homes using rock from the mines and mills. Many of the dangers persist to this day." A series of articles and photo galleries examines the legacy
of uranium mining
on the Navajo
(previously discussed here
.) [Via Gristmill, BugMeNot.]
posted by homunculus
on Nov 24, 2006 -
Out along old Route 66 in Northern
is Canyon Diablo. Best known for its large meteor crater
canyon and its surroundings contain another fantastic story. It begins in the mid 1870’s with a
Apache raid on the Navajo that ended in the gruesome death
of some 50 Apaches trapped in what is now called “The Apache Death
The story picks up about 10 years later in 1880 when the Atlantic
and Pacific railroad ran out of money at the
canyon’s edge. Unable to progress any further a make shift boom
town grew up over night
. Said to be more dangerous than Tombstone
and Dodge City
combined, the first sheriff appointed at 3pm was dead by 8pm that same night.
The city of Canyon Diablo
lasted 10 grizzly years, ending only when the US Army was dispatched to gain
control over the murder, theft and prostitution that ran rampant. The story
continues in 1920 at the inception of Route 66.
, opens up one of
the first and what would become one of the most elaborate Route 66 trading posts/gas
station/curio shop/ tourist attractions.
Named Two Guns
, it was
complete with Hopi
made buildings, a gas station,
a well-lit “Death Cave
, a “zoo”
of filled with the local fauna. and lots of colorful characters
In a short time, the roadside stop began to take on what many by that time
calling the curse of Canyon Diablo.
Shady business deals, fires,
maimings, and murder abounded. After several attempts thru the 50’s and
60’s to rebuild ,all that is left is a crumbling,
posted by BrodieShadeTree
on Feb 21, 2006 -
Voices from the Trading Post. You know, you can get a job anywhere, but this is not just a place to make a living. This is a way of life.
Life on the Navajo reservation in the 19th and 20th century, in the words
of the traders themselves (text and sound).
posted by gottabefunky
on Feb 3, 2003 -
You've probably heard of the WWII Navajo "code talkers"
who managed to baffle crack Japanese cryptanalysts and were credited with enabling US success at Iwo Jima. Civil engineer, journalist and photographer Philip Johnston
was the determined mind behind the "windtalkers". The son of missionaries, Johnston grew up on a Navajo reservation and was one of only a handful of outsiders fluent in the Navajo language. A bit of his background is included this article
, and you can read a complete history
of his plan, view an archive of photos by Johnston
, and see copies of his enlistment application
letter to the Marine Corps commandant, as well as a recommendation letter
from the Commanding General. (more inside...)
posted by taz
on Jan 22, 2003 -