Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country by Marsha L Weisiger

The paper tells that Francis Bacon the great philosopher, author and notable statesmen of seventeenth century, remarked about books vey intelligently. He commented, Some books are to bee tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to bee chewed and digested: That is, some books are to be read only in partes. others to be read, but curiously, and some few to be read wholly and with diligence and attention. Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country by Marsha L. Weisiger is among those books, which should be definitely read with complete diligence and attention. Published in the year 2009 from the University of Washington Press, the book captivates an enlightened documentation of 391 pages building an innovative and fresh trajectory pertaining to the history of Navajo and its pastoral life. Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country is an engaging study that investigates and intrudes into the lives of the people of Navajo and their effect on livelihood and an age old tradition due to one of the very substandard policies of the federal government in the land. The author of the book Marsha L. Weisiger is an associate professor in the department of history at the New Mexico State University. At the same time, she has the precision and expertise of being a veteran environmental historian which definitely provided a leap in formulation of the thesis of the book and helped her to incorporate her first-hand experience and knowledge in making the book transcend beyond the periphery of mundane testimonies and comprehension. Thesis Statement The essay intends to evaluate and explore the subtle and intricate doctrine of social, economic and environmental changes that took place due to Navajo Reservations during the decade of 1930s imbibed in a very concrete and comprehensive way in the book, Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country. Summary of the Book The book Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country provides very new interpretations of the history of the pastoral life and livelihood depending upon in Navajo. During the 1930s, the federal government attempted to decrease the number of livestock in the areas where the government machinery saw it as an ambitious means to reduce the number of horses, sheep, and goats with a vision to stop over-grazing in those arid patches of land and standardize the lifestyle of the people in the Navajo area. In the book, Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country, veteran environmental historian tries to understand the effect the slaughtering of ten thousand livestock brought into the ecological, environmental and socio-economical balance of the Navajo area without any such mentionable or significant development in the condition of the land patches located for the conservation due to excessive overgrazing. Thesis of the Book After the reservation of the livestock in 1930s. the greatest victim of this ambitious attempt of the government was the womenfolk that were directly associated with the rearing of the livestock in the ranches of America. The policy of the Bureau of Indian Affairs could not see the complications that the reduction of the livestock would bring into the climate, culture and economy of an age-old legacy. Placing the story of women, who substantially depend on the rearing of the livestock in the ranches of Navajo, undergoes a complete socio-economic change. This forms the central thesis of the compelling and engaging study of history, environment and sociology in one platform, Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country. Theme of the Book An in-depth study of the enlightened document by Marsha L. Weisiger would definitely launch its readers to a plane where the theme of the book can be summed up as the

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