Collected Works is so pleased to have Alwin J. Girdner and his memoir of the Navajo Reservation in, Diné Tah My Reservation Days 1923-1939. Girdner recalls his childhood on the Navajo Reservation during the early 20th century. Girdner, the son of Plymouth Brethren missionaries, lived in the remote Four Corners area of the Navajo Reservation. He spent much of his first 18 years among the Navajos, having little contact with the outside world. With previously unpublished photographs, before World War II changed forever the traditional way of life - and the language - of a native people living in a special place far removed from mainstream American society.
Alwin J Girdner left the Diné Tah in 1939, he traveled in 114 countries before returning to New Mexico, he now lives in Albuquerque. Girdner holds degrees in business and Southwestern and Latin American history from the University of Arizona. He is a native speaker of Navajo and through the years he has studied and maintained lifelong ties to Diné culture.