Harry Walters – Navajo Historian (Video)

Harry Walters is an archaeologist, teacher and was the Diné College historical museum director.

Much of his life’s work and is going to preserve the Navajo Culture.

Source: Tom Grier’s YouTube Channel – Navajo Oral History Project

One of his greatest achievements was the creation of the Navajo Community College
Historical Museum. He also created the artefacts collection, audio visual and education program.
Harry also helped design the curriculum for the center of Diné studies.

This documentary film was researched, photographed, edited and produced by students of Winona State University (Winona, Minnesota) and Diné College (Tsaile, Arizona, Navajo Nation) during summer 2009.

It contains stories Harry Walters of Cove, Arizona, told the students during several hours of interviews about his life.

This documentary film is archived at the Navajo Nation Museum, Navajo Nation Library, Winona State University Library, and Diné College Library, and will be archived at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.

The film is part of the Navajo Oral History project, a multi-year collaboration between the Winona State University Mass Communication Department and Diné College— The official Tribal College of the Navajo Nation


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  1. Great to see this info about Harry. Do you have current contact information for him? He and I worked on a couple of book projects in the past, including one for Nat Geo TRAILS OF TEARS, PATHS OF BEAUTY, where he wrote an intro. But I lost his current address and need to contact him. Thanks for any help.

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