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February 26, 1995|CHARLES SOLOMON

WEST OF THIRTIES: Discoveries Among the Navajo and Hopi by Edward T. Hall (Anchor: $9.95; 190 pp., illustrated). Hall spent much of the Depression building roads and dams on the reservations of the Southwest for the Federal government. Although Indians were legally classified as minors then, he learned to respect the quiet dignity of Hopi culture and the energetic adaptability of his Navajo friends. The warmly personal tone of this memoir gives Hall's restatement of the need to respect all cultures a resonance lacking in the dictates of PC multi-culturists.

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