Meet the changing women, or sáanii, of the Navajo Nation.
"I am a child of Changing Woman." That is a line in a Navajo prayer spoken by medicine men on behalf of patients, and in the old days it was symbolic and spiritual. Today, it is real. Navajo women, once relegated to bearing children, caring for the home, and raising livestock in a matrilineal society, have transformed themselves into businesswomen, attorneys, truck drivers, pilots, nurses, artists, presidential candidates, and more. Who is the Navajo woman and what drives her in 2007? Join Navajo writer Betty Reid and photographer Kenji Kawano on a journey through the cycle of a Navajo woman's life, from east (birth and youth) to south (teenager and young adult) to west (adult) to north (elder). 50 color & b/w photos.
Betty Reid is the author of two earlier books: Keeping Promises, which she wrote with her husband, Ben Winton, and Navajo: Portrait of a Nation. She works as a reporter for the Arizona Republic and lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Kenji Kawano lives with his family in Window Rock, Arizona, the capital of the Navajo Nation. His photography was featured in In the Fifth World: Portrait of the Navajo Nation and Warriors: Navajo Code Talkers.