Rez Metal: Inside the Navajo Nation Heavy Metal Scene
By Ashkan Soltani Stone and Natale A. Zappia
Rez Metal showcases the sounds, images, and stories of Navajo heavy metal bands and Native heavy metalers while exploring the deep and life-affirming power of heavy metal music in Indian Country.
This slim volume captures the creative energy of Indigenous youth culture in the twenty-first century. Bridging communities from disparate corners of Indian Country and across generations, heavy metal has touched a collective nerve on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona in particular. Many cultural leaders—including former Navajo president Russell Begaye—have begun to recognize heavy metal's ability to inspire Navajo communities facing chronic challenges such as poverty, depression, and addiction. Heavy metal music speaks to the frustrations, fears, trials, and hopes of living in Indian Country. The voices of elders, council members, and metalheads of all ages are brought together for this remarkable account.
Designed by Nathan Putens
Published by University of Nebraska Press, 2020
Softcover, 93 pages, b&w images, 5.4 × 8.3 inches