The Sound of Navajo Country is an ethnographic study of Navajo (Diné) language and music. The book declares up front a “dual ethnographic focus on music and language” (4). This is a work of ethnomusicology and of cultural and linguistic anthropology, complete with the latter field’s specialized terminology and preoccupations (see especially chapters two and three). In all of these dimensions, it is also a work of critical Indigenous studies, and it appears in the University of North Carolina Press’s Critical Indigeneities series. The book’s musical focus is not on heritage culture, as in much ethnographic scholarship, but on the uses and meanings of U.S. commercial country music as performed by, and largely for, Navajo people. Such performance is a tradition in its own right dating from the 1950s, when Navajo teens...

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