While the Navajo people have always had a deep appreciation for the power and beauty of language, as reflected in the songs, prayers and stories that have sustained them through untold generations, it is not until recently that a number of Navajos have begun to write and publish widely in a number of different genres. Some of those writers are now attracting critical attention and winning prestigious literary prizes. This course will introduce students to some of those Navajo writers and their works. Some of the major themes, issues, and concerns that these writers share as a focus of their work will be discussed, as well as the new and still-evolving role of the writer in contemporary Navajo culture. Offered: Fall, Spring.