A Navajo Legacy: The Life and Teachings of John Holiday

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For almost ninety years, Navajo medicine man John Holiday has watched the sun rise over the rock formations of his home in Monument Valley. Author and scholar Robert S. McPherson interviewed Holiday extensively and in A Navajo Legacy records his full and fascinating life.

In the first part of this book, Holiday describes how, at an early age, he began an apprenticeship with his grandfather to learn the Blessingway ceremony. As a youth, Holiday traveled over the desert with ...

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Norman 2011 Softcover Volume 251 in the Civilization of the American Indian Series 420 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. NATIVE AMERICANS. For almost ninety years, Navajo ... medicine man John Holiday has watched the sun rise over the rock formations of his home in Monument Valley. Author and scholar Robert S. McPherson interviewed Holiday extensively and in A Navajo Legacy records his full and fascinating life. In the first part of this book, Holiday describes how, at an early age, he began an apprenticeship with his grandfather to learn the Blessingway ceremony. As a youth, Holiday traveled over the desert with family members to find forage for the animals and plants for healing practices. He experienced the invasion of Monument Valley by whites and later participated in the early filmmaking industry. Holiday was employed in the 1930s with the Civilian Conservation Corps and then served a brief stint in the military. During the 1950s he mined in one of the two largest uranium deposits on the Navajo Reservat Read more Show Less

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For almost ninety years, Navajo medicine man John Holiday has watched the sun rise over the rock formations of his home in Monument Valley. Author and scholar Robert S. McPherson interviewed Holiday extensively and in A Navajo Legacy records his full and fascinating life.

In the first part of this book, Holiday describes how, at an early age, he began an apprenticeship with his grandfather to learn the Blessingway ceremony. As a youth, Holiday traveled over the desert with family members to find forage for the animals and plants for healing practices. He experienced the invasion of Monument Valley by whites and later participated in the early filmmaking industry. Holiday was employed in the 1930s with the Civilian Conservation Corps and then served a brief stint in the military. During the 1950s he mined in one of the two largest uranium deposits on the Navajo Reservation. He also worked on the railroad in Utah. But he always returned to eke out a living with his livestock and agriculture.

In the second part of the book, Holiday details family and tribal teachings. All of Holiday’s experiences and teachings reflect the thoughts of a traditional practitioner who has found in life both beauty and lessons for future generations.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780806141763
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Series: Civilization of the American Indian , #251
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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Robert S. McPherson is Professor of History at Utah State University, Blanding.  He is the author of numerous books on Navajo history and the history of the Southwest.  His most recent publications include Dineji Nànitin: Navajo Traditional Teachings and History (University Press of Colorado, 2012) and Viewing the Ancestors: Perceptions of the Anaasází, Mokwic, and Hisatsinom (OU Press, 2014).
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