Earth Is My Mother, Sky Is My Father: Space, Time, and Astronomy in Navajo Sandpainting / Edition 1

Earth Is My Mother, Sky Is My Father: Space, Time, and Astronomy in Navajo Sandpainting / Edition 1

by Trudy Griffin-Pierce
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826316344

ISBN-13: 9780826316349

Pub. Date: 03/28/1995

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

To the Navajo, sandpaintings are sacred, living entities that reflect the interconnectedness of all living beings—humans, plants, stars, animals, and mountains. This book, now available in paperback, explores the circularity of Navajo thought in sandpaintings, Navajo chantway myths, and stories reflected in the celestial constellations.

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To the Navajo, sandpaintings are sacred, living entities that reflect the interconnectedness of all living beings—humans, plants, stars, animals, and mountains. This book, now available in paperback, explores the circularity of Navajo thought in sandpaintings, Navajo chantway myths, and stories reflected in the celestial constellations.

Beautifully illustrated by the author, this well-documented book explores the spiritual world of the Navajo, their ceremonial practices, and their conceptions of time and stellar motion. Griffin-Pierce shows how the images of sacred sandpaintings not only communicate the temporal and spatial dimensions of the Navajo universe but also present, in visual form, Navajo ideas about relationships among nature, self, and society.

"Griffin-Pierce's approach is highly original, bringing this material together in an innovative and creative manner while grounding it holistically within the context of Navajo world view."—M. Jane Young, author of Signs from the Ancestors: Zuni Cultural Symbolism and Perceptions of Rock Art

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826316349
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
03/28/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.99(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Tables
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
2The Roots of Navajo Culture10
3The Navajo Spiritual World29
4Cosmological Order as a Model for Navajo Philosophy and Life63
5The Navajo Heavens in Visual Image and Verbal Narrative98
6The Constellations as a Cultural Text142
7Mother Earth, Father Sky174
8Conclusion196
Appendix: Field Procedures201
Notes205
Bibliography215
Index229

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