Native History and Culture

21 March

PETERSON ZAH

1937- PresentBorn in 1937 in the disputed Navajo-Hopi joint-use area in Low Mountain, AZ, Peterson Zah has devoted his life to the service of the Navajo people. At the age of nine he was taken from his family and sent to the Phoenix Indian School. After graduation in 1960 he attended Arizona State University on a basketball scholarship. He received...

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17 March

ANNA DODGE WAUNEKA

1910-1997The daughter of Henry Chee Dodge, Anna Dodge Wauneka was born in 1910 in a Navajo hogan near the town of Sawmill, Arizona. Her mother, K'eehabah, was one of Dodge's three wives. Annie had a non-traditional upbringing living on Dodge's ranch, where her family was much more prosperous than many other Navajo families. At eight years old she attended boarding...

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15 March

CHIEF MANUELITO

1818-1894One of the great war leaders of the Navajo, Manuelito had a long history of fighting his people's enemies prior to becoming a principal opponent of the U.S. government. Born in what is now southeastern Utah, he became a warrior at a young age and fought in raids against the Mexicans, Hopi and Zuni during the 1830s. By 1848 as...

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15 March

CHIEF BARBONCITO

1820-1871Born in the Canyon de Chelly on the present-day Navajo Reservation in Arizona Barboncito was a Ceremonial Singer, Navajo War Chief from 1863-1866 and the Head Chief during the Treaty of 1868.A man of peace, he signed a treaty pledging friendship with the Americans during the Mexican War in 1846. This peace with the United States would not last long....

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