Kinaalda: A Study of the Navaho Girls Puberty Ceremony

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Author: Frisbie, Charlotte Johnson

Year: 1967

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

Place: Middletown, CT


xiii+437pp with 15 illustrations, 7 charts, appendix, bibliography and index. Quarto (10 1/4" x 7 1/2") issued in orange with brown lettering to spine. 1st edition.

This basic study is the first complete, detailed account of the Navaho girls' puberty ritual, one of the most commonly preformed but least examined elements of the Blessing Way complex. In 1963 and again in 1964, Mrs Frisbie was present at every step of two such rites. Also witnessing parts of two others. Her records of these events-full notes of what she observed, tape recordings and photographs-constitute the unique source of the present work. In addition she has made full use of all published accounts touching on the ceremony, and of unpublished field notes by other close students. An especially valuable aspect of this work is the depth in which this work studies the accompanying music. It give the Navajo texts (plus translations) of some seventy-five songs. Analyzin and comparing the vocable patterns with those of ordinary speech. the melodies receive the same careful treatment. Particularly interesting is her account of a musical competition, when a group of young men tried to "sign down" an older ceremonial practitioner in a situation of intense rivalry.


Jacket extremities rubbed. A near fine in a very good to fine dust wrapper.

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