Western Medicine Vs. Traditional Navajo Medicine in Tony Hillerman’s “First Eagle”


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An Analysis of Western Medicine Versus Traditional Navajo Medicine in Tony Hillerman’s “First Eagle”
Tony Hillerman’s book, “First Eagle” is a detective novel that is set in the southwest that involves a murder on a Navajo reservation and the tracking of who could have possibly committed the murder. However, underneath the basic plot line there is a book that allows for analysis on a variety of topics that take into account the stark differences between the culture of the Navajo people and the culture of Western or non-Navajo people, what some researchers have called where “the two cultures collide” (O’Sullivan 164). These cultural differences are highlighted throughout the book in areas like education, killing of animals, the...
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