Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Religious Studies

First Advisor

Greg B. Johnson

Second Advisor

Deborah F. Whitehead

Third Advisor

Deward Walker

Abstract

Vernon Masayesva grew up watching the Hopi's land and water disappear due to unnatural occurrences. His early career as an educator, tribal representative and grassroots activist has catapulted Masayesva as a prominent spokesperson against coal mining on Black Mesa. He now engages religious discourse through public forums to far reaching audiences in order to express his concern over the future of Black Mesa.

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