Year: 1969 Source: Southwestern Journal of Anthropology, v.25, (1969), p.124-152 SIEC No: 19831610

This paper examines several common notions concerning homicide among the Navajo & its relationship with alcohol & acculturation in the United States. All reported homicides occurring between 1956 and 1965 were analyzed. Results indicate that homicide rates among the Navajo at this time are stable & comparable with those of the nation. The Navajo offender is typically a married male between 35 & 39 years of age who kills his wife as a result of sexual jealousy or domestic quarrels. A high proportion of these homicides are followed by suicide of the perpetrator. (44 refs) (SC)