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“Discover Anthropology” lecture series continues with Who Are the Diné?

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“Discover Anthropology” lecture series continues with Who Are the Diné?

By Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—The “Discover Anthropology” lecture series continues at EAC’s Discovery Park Campus in Safford on Saturday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m., with Who Are the Diné?

“You know this great people as the Navajo; they call themselves The People, or, ‘Diné’ in their language,” said EAC Dean Harry Swanson, who will also present the discussion.

“The population of this ancient Athapaskan stock is over 250,000 and their nation’s reservation – Diné Bike’yah or Navajoland – is larger than ten of our 50 states and is well endowed with critical natural resources like oil and coal. Their warriors are great patriots; in fact, it has been reliably documented that without the contributions of the secret code used by the Navajo Code Talkers in WWII, we would not have taken the island of Iwo Jima. The Diné have been a major part of Southwestern history since long before Spanish contact, and Eastern Arizona’s Discovery Park Campus would like to share some of that history with you,” continued Swanson.

The slide show, also titled Who are the Diné? is provided by Swanson and illustrates the history, rituals, art, housing, subsistence, and other lifeways of this astonishing Native American group. It is suitable for anyone over six years old, so consider bringing your children and grandchildren along.

“Let’s get them interested in multicultural studies and EAC anthropology classes early in their intellectual growth!” concluded Swanson.

For more information about the series or the Discovery Park Campus, contact Swanson at (928) 428-6260.