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Louis, Missouri, in 1993. Although interest in Navajo material remains began early in this century, Southwestern archaeology has been, and continues to be, dominated by studies of the Anasazi, Hohokam, and Mogollon. Navajo studies have usually been conducted by cultural anthropologists and only rarely have involved Navajo history prior to the reservation period. D. 1868 has not been summarized in a single volume since the early 1960s. " Thus, interested scholars have encountered gaps in the data that could be filled only by long hours of library searching, letter writing, and report purchasing.
Part III provides two perspectives on Navajo ceremonialism and its importance in interpreting Navajo culture history and intertribal relationships. In chapter 10, Copeland and Rogers discuss the development and significance of Navajo rock art and show the value of treating such sites as an integral part of the archaeological record. Rejecting "rock art" and employing the term "ceremonial imagery," they describe three newly discovered sites and discuss the distribution and importance of such imagery throughout the Dinétah.
1680. 1). If the Navajo are recent entrants into the Southwest, as indicated by linguistics, where did they come from and when did they arrive? Two major ''schools'' concerning this issue have developed (see Schaafsma, this volume, for a detailed discussion of these perspectives). D. 1. Map of areas and sites discussed in the text. Page 15 Gunnerson 1971; C. F Schaafsma 1981, this volume). The other school (Brugge 1983; Hall 1944; Haskell 1987; Huscher and Huscher 1942; Perry 1991) advocates a pre-1500 arrival by way of the mountains and valleys of Colorado.