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Oral history interview with Carolyn Blair [with transcript], February 12, 1998.

Northern Arizona University. Cline Library.
  • Boyce
  • George
  • Blair
  • Bradley
  • Mcgee
  • Roscoe
  • Navajo Indians--Education
  • Trading Posts--Arizona
  • Indian Traders--Arizona
  • Sheep Industry--Arizona
  • Pawnbroking--Arizona
  • United States. Bureau Of Indian Affairs
  • Wetherill Inn
  • United Indian Traders Association
  • Teec Nos Pos (Ariz.)
  • Red Mesa (Ariz.)
  • Economics
  • Education


Record level- Interview covers the trader's life in Arizona from 1945-1987. Specific topics include: education; pawn; sheep and wool; and Navajo culture. Provides some interesting insights into not only the trader interactions with the Navajo, but also the impact of mining and energy exploration. Blair is very adept at describing the changes to both reservation conditions, but to the Navajo culture as well. For Blair, the trader's profession was economically advantageous, and beneficial to all parties. Blair's interview provides an interesting view of both remote and town based reservation life as it was split between Teec Nos Pos and Kayenta.

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