The Merrill-Cazier Library is showcasing all of the 2012 Faculty Authors and their books in the Richard Schockmel USU Collections Room on the 2nd floor of the Library. We are proud of USU's faculty authors! This week we are highlighting:
Robert S. McPherson, Professor, Department of History, Utah State University Eastern-San JuanNavajo Tradition, Mormon Life: The Autobiography and Teachings of Jim Dandy. Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press.
Jim Dandy began life imbued with the traditions of the Navajo people. But attending the LDS Placement program in northern Utah changed his life's course when he became a member of the Mormon Church. Following graduation from high school, Jim served an LDS mission among his people, obtained a bachelor's degree, and entered the workforce in southeastern Utah as a career counselor, teacher, and community advocate who improved educational opportunities on the Navajo Reservation. Jim maintains the traditional philosophy with which he was raised and the Mormon beliefs that he learned and continues to follow. Readers interested in Navajo philosophy will find his blend of these two distinct views fascinating, However, this is primarily the warm story of a man's life among his people and his love for them and their culture.