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The Navajo

The Navajo

by P. M. Boekhoff, Sheila Wyborny, Stuart Kallen

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Children's Literature
This is a title in the "North American Indians" series. The prehistory and early history of the Navajo are outlined in the first chapter, their family structure, economy, material culture and art forms are briefly presented in chapter two, aspects of Navajo ritual and belief are seen in the third chapter, and the last chapter deals with later history and reservation life. This book does not compete well with other treatments of the Navajo for children since there are simply too many errors of fact to overlook. Navajo cradle boards were always worn on the mother's back when worn at all, and could not be worn on the front, and certainly not with the child facing the mother. The young married couple did not live with the bride's family since the groom was expected to avoid his mother-in-law. The baskets illustrated as Navajo are not traditional Navajo baskets. It is not true that every Navajo blanket holds a sacred meaning. A ritual sandpainting does not take nine days to make, it must be completed and destroyed between sunrise and sunset. And the ceremony described as part of a Navajo wedding is in fact part of the girl's puberty ceremony. There is a short glossary, further readings, and an index at the back of this 45 page book. 2004, Kidhaven Press, Ages 10 up.
—Wesley Jernigan
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-These titles provide no new information about the three nations discussed. Each title hints, in places, of Anglo superiority through such words and phrases as "trinkets" and "frenzied dancing." Some repetition can be found throughout each book. Sioux contradicts itself on the first two pages-the text reads, "-most of what we know about them comes from others" while the caption states, "Much of what we know of the Sioux comes from the tribe's own stories." In the same book, the image chosen to accompany discussion of the Ghost Dance makes the participants look especially violent. All three titles contain sweeping generalizations and oversimplify important issues. All have average-quality photos and art reproductions. In addition, Comanche includes just one paragraph about the nation's present existence; Sioux covers the past 100 years in three paragraphs.-S K Joiner, Brazoria County Library System, Angleton, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Greenhaven Publishing
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North American Indians
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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