Oral History of the Yavapai
400 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Jul 2012

Oral History of the Yavapai

The University of Arizona Press
In the 1970s, the Fort McDowell Reservation in Arizona came under threat by a dam construction project that, if approved, would potentially flood most of its 24,680 acres of land. As part of the effort to preserve the reservation, Mike Harrison and John Williams, two elders of the Yavapai tribe, sought to have their history recorded as they themselves knew it, as it had been passed down to them from generation to generation, so that the history of their people would not be lost to future generations. Although they have since passed away, their voices shine through the pages of this book and the history of their people remains to be passed along and shared.
RELATED TOPICS: History, Indigenous Studies

Sigrid Khera (1934-1984) started working with Mike Harrison (1886-1983) and John Williams (1904-1983), two Yavapai elders from the Fort McDowell reservation, in March 1974. She left behind a completed manuscript, Oral History of the Yavapai, fully documented in more than 200 audio recordings of her interviews with them.

Carolina Castillo Butler was a leader in the ten-year battle helping the Yavapai Tribe at Fort McDowell save their land.

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