BRIEF PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY OF STEPHEN C. JETT
Stephen C. Jett (b. Cleveland, OH, 1938) holds an A.B. cum laude in Geology (Princeton 1960) and a Ph.D. in Geography (Johns Hopkins 1964).
He taught geography at The Ohio State University 1963-1964 and then at the University of California, Davis, serving thrice as Geography chair and becoming emeritus in 2000. From 1996, he was also professor of Textiles and Clothing, becoming emeritus in 2000. He has also taught or co-taught courses at other institutions, and he serves on the boards of various research organizations.
Jett's major research areas include Navajo history, material culture, sacred places, and placenames. He wrote: Tourism in the Navajo Country: Resources and Planning (1966, Navajo Tribal Museum); award-winning Navajo Wildlands (photographs by Philip Hyde; 1967, Sierra Club, 1969 Ballantine ); House of Three Turkeys: Anasazi Redoubt (photographs by Dave Bohn; 1977, Capra); award-winning Navajo Architecture: Forms, History, Distributions (with Virginia E. Spencer; 1981, University of Arizona); Navajo Placenames and Trails of the Canyon de Chelly System, Arizona (2002, Peter Lang); and France (2004, Chelsea House); plus scores of articles, book chapters, reviews, and bibliographies.
He has also published many articles and book chapters on his second major research interest, pre-Columbian transoceanic influences between the Old World and the Americas, and he founded and edits Pre-Columbiana: A Journal of Long-Distance Contacts.
He has curated or co-curated four textiles exhibits, including, in 2006 for The University of Georgia's Georgia Museum of Art, Woven Jewels from the Black Tents: Baluchi, Aimaq, and Related Tribal Weavings of Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, May 20 - July 30, 2006 (printed brochure plus CD catalogue).
Jett has been involved in various conservation and other civic activities. He lives in Virginia.
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Book Description University of Arizona Press, Tucson, 1981. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good to Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Good to Very Good. 1st. 18.5x26cm. "Among the myriad forms of shelter adopted by Native Americans, the hogan is uniquely Navajo. the relationship of its structure to Navajo belief is well known; yet it is not the only building form used by that people. This book explores the whole range of Navajo architecture as it has evolved through the present day - at the interface of tradition and modernization." "Nearly 200 photographs and drawings support the authors' appreciation of structural details that often escape the casual observer." Bibliography and index; 289 pp. Light spotting to edges of page block and tiny mark top of frontispiece page and title page (mirrored spot) otherwise approaching fine; clean beige cloth, gilt titling front and spine. Jacket unclipped, slightly sunned spine, discoloured where rubbed, several nicks plus chipping to edges in places. Bookseller Inventory # MPS3927
Book Description Univ of Arizona Pr, Tucson, 1981. Cloth. Book Condition: Near Fine in Very Good DJ. 289 pp. 4to. Cloth in dustjacket. Shelfwear to jacket, bumping w/ creasing and a few small tears to upper front edge, sunning to spine and front top edge. Book in excellent condition aside from very slight bowing to boards and tiny bump to each board's bottom edge. Bookseller Inventory # 124937
Book Description University of Arizona Press, Tucson, 1981. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Very light spotting to edges, else a fine copy. Jacket is rubbed at edges. Bookseller Inventory # 13536
Book Description University of Arizona Press, 1981. 1Hardback Ed. Used Gently Read. Book Condition: Good. Some Edge Wear. ATW NAVAJO ARCHITECTURE may ell be the most complete study. Great study book used to assist the student in his acquisition of knowledge. With full directions and photos/illustrations. Bookseller Inventory # 8013115