Northeastern State University Navajo historian and assistant professor Dr. Farina King has released her book, "The Earth Memory Compass: Diné Landscapes and Education in the Twentieth Century."
The Center for Indigenous Community Engagement and King will host a talk on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. on the second floor landing of the John Vaughan Library.
"The Earth Memory Compass" explores tradition and cultural identity as it is passed from generation to generation of Diné, or Navajo. The book follows King's search for her own Diné identity. In her exploration, she investigates the interconnections among Navajo students, their people and Navajo lands.
At the center of King's study is the Diné idea of the Four Directions. She elaborates on the meanings and teachings of the directions and examines how Navajos have embedded memories in landmarks to serve as a compass for their people - a compass threatened by the dislocation and disconnection of Diné students from their land, communities and Navajo ways of learning.
The event is free to attend and open to the public. There will be copies of King's book available for purchase. "The Earth Memory Compass" is also available to purchase from the University Press of Kansas.
For more information, contact King at firstname.lastname@example.org.