‘A true blessing’

People fill trading post book with their stories, memories


Four decades in the making, Navajoland Trading Post Encyclopedia is an exhaustive reference on the Navajo Nation’s 400-plus trading posts.

It was a long labor. But then, this is a big baby. After 45 years of researching every trading post, past and present, they could find on and around the Navajo Nation, Klara Kelley and Harris Francis have published the Navajoland Trading Post Encyclopedia.

A handful of scholars and chronic Googlers has known about this work for years, as it has been on the Internet as a work in progress since 2004.

But Kelley and Francis were concerned they may not be reaching the elders, who are the ones who would most appreciate and have the most to contribute to this research.

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About The Author

Cindy Yurth

Cindy Yurth is the Tséyi' Bureau reporter, covering the Central Agency of the Navajo Nation. Her other beats include agriculture and Arizona state politics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University with a cognate in geology. She has been in the news business since 1980 and with the Navajo Times since 2005, and is the author of “Exploring the Navajo Nation Chapter by Chapter.” She can be reached at cyurth@navajotimes.com.