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Alamo Navajo Oral History Project

Identifier: MSS-563-BC

Scope and Content

The Alamo Navajo Oral History Project collection consists of 23 interviews on 26 CDs with related photographs. The interviews were conducted between 1977 and 1984 with people from the Alamo Navajo Reservation in southwestern New Mexico. The interviewees include: Louise Abeyta, Narciso Abeyta, John Anderson Pino, Denny Y. Apachito, Julian Apachito, Martiano Apachito, Billy Apachito, Hattie Apachito, Helen Apachito, Ida Apachito, Bessie Field Baca, John M. Baca. Thomas Ganadonegro, John Guerro, Jose Guerro, Juanita Guerro, Chole Herrera, Husky Y. Monte Sr., Elise Monte, Pauline Padilla, Juan Vicente, Jake Vicente, and Altpah Vicente. There is also a recording of an Alamo revival meeting. Additionally, the collection contains background research materials such as a project description, a Master's essay on Alamo Navajo kinship systems, an ethnohistorical report on the Cañoncito and Alamo Navajo Bands, census data and correspondence.

The interviews are in combinations of Navajo, English and Spanish languages. There are no transcriptions, however, the collection includes abstracts of 9 interviews.

Navajo kinship patterns, daily lifestyles, history and culture are discussed in the interviews. The collection emphasizes the ethnoarcheological and sociological identity of the multi-cultural environment of the Southwest.

All audio CDs have been duplicated for preservation purposes.


  • 1977-1984


Language of Materials

Navajo or Navaho English Spanish

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print and photographic material is allowed for research purposes. Duplication of recordings permitted only with written permission from artist, performer, interviewer and interviewee, tribal authority, or current holder of intellectual property rights. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws.


2 boxes (1.3 cu. ft.)

Related Material

American Indian Oral History Collection Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico

Separated Material

Archival CDs are located in B3.


Contact Information

  1. Center for Southwest Research
  2. Zimmerman Library
  3. University of New Mexico
  4. Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-1466
  5. Phone: 505-277-6451
  6. Fax: 505-277-0530
  7. Email:
  8. URL:


Processing Information

Original interviews on cassettes reformatted to CD in March 2012.
Finding Aid of the Alamo Navajo Oral History Project, 1977-1984
Processed by D.A.
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131