Farina King

Farina King (enrolled citizen of the Navajo Nation) is Associate Professor of Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma and the Horizon Chair of Native American Ecology and Culture.  Bilagáanaa niliigo’ dóó Kinyaa’áanii yásh’chíín. Bilagáanaa dabicheii dóó Tsinaajinii dabinálí. Ákót’éego diné asdzáá nilí. 

King’s research interests include colonial and post-colonial Indigenous studies and oral histories especially related to Indigenous experiences in colonizing forms of education. Other ongoing projects address Navajo histories of disease and healing and twentieth-century histories of Navajo Latter-day Saint experiences. She is one of the co-editors of the Lyda Conley Series of Trailblazing Indigenous Futures of the University Press of Kansas. She also co-hosts the Native Circles podcast.

King is the author of The Earth Memory Compass: Diné Landscapes and Education in the Twentieth Century(University Press of Kansas, 2018) and co-author with Michael Taylor and James Swensen of Returning Home: Diné Creative Works of the Intermountain Indian School (University of Arizona Press, 2021; to learn more about this book, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3N5VYMDYTYA).  Her most recent book is Diné dóó Gáamalii: Navajo Latter-Day Saint Experiences in the Twentieth Century (forthcoming, University Press of Kansas, October 2023).

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Select Works:

“Diné Women in Medicine and Healing Through Generations,” Museum of Native American History, April 26 2022, Available at https://youtu.be/PFCiLijVwoU.

“Diné Doctor: A Latter-day Saint Story of Healing,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 54, no. 2 (Summer 2021): 81-85. Available with podcast recording at https://www.dialoguejournal.com/articles/dine-doctor-a-latter-day-saint-story-of-healing/.

“The Complications of Columbus and Indigeneity at BYU,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 54:2 (2021): 105-8. Available at https://www.dialoguejournal.com/articles/roundtable-the-complications-of-columbus-and-indigeneity-at-byu/.

“Voices of Indigenous Dallas-Fort Worth from Relocation to the Dakota Access Pipeline Controversy,” Family & Community History 24:2 (2021): 147-74. 

“A ‘Loyal Countrywoman’: Rachel Caroline Eaton, Alumna of the Cherokee National Female Seminary,” in This Land Is Her Land: Gendered Activism in Oklahoma, 1870s-2010s (University of Oklahoma Press, July 2021). 

“Ina Mae Ance and a Crownpoint Indian Boarding School Family,” Journal of the West 59, no. 3 (Summer 2020): 3-10.

“An Indian Boarding School Family,” Phi Kappa Phi Forum 99, no. 4 (Winter 2019): 8-11. Available online at https://www.phikappaphiforum-digital.org/phikappaphiforum/winter_2019/MobilePagedReplica.action?pm=2&folio=Cover#pg1.

“Aloha in Diné Bikéyah: Mormon Hawaiians and Navajos, 1949 to 1990,” in Essays on American Indian and Mormon History edited by P. Jane Hafen and Brenden W. Rensink (University of Utah Press, 2019).

“Indigenizing Mormonisms,” Mormon Studies Review 6 (2019): 1-16.

“Intergenerational Ties: Diné Memories of the Crownpoint Boarding School during the 1960s,” New Mexico Historical Review 93, no. 4 (Fall 2018): 399-420.

“Miss Indian BYU: Contestations over the Crown and Indian Identity,” Journal of the West 52, no. 3 (Summer 2013): 10-21.


“Homeland,” in Blossom as the Cliffrose: Mormon Legacies and the Beckoning Wild, edited by Karin Anderson and Danielle Beazer Dubrasky, Salt Lake City: Torrey House Press, 2021.

Children’s Literature:

“A Navajo Code Talker,” Honest History: A Native Story, Issue 15, February 2022.

Native Circles Podcast website: https://nativecirclespodcast.com

Also see https://nativecircles.buzzsprout.com