Kinaalda: A Navajo Girl Grows Up (We Are Still Here : Native Americans Today)

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As a young Navajo girl takes part in a coming-of-age ceremony called the Kinaalda+a7, in which she runs, grinds corn, and bakes a cake in the earth, she learns about her traditional culture and way of life.

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Monty Roessel (Navajo), an outstanding photographer, is Executive Director of the Rough Rock Community School. He has written and provided photographs for award-winning books for young people

Monty Roessel (Navajo), an outstanding photographer, is Executive Director of the Rough Rock Community School. He has written and provided photographs for award-winning books for young people

Michael Dorris is the author of A Yellow Raft in Blue Water, The Broken Cord, Working Men, Morning Girl, and Guests, and co-author with Louise Erdrich of The Crown of Columbus.

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Gr. 4-7. Celinda McKelvey looks like a typical 13-year-old American, and most of the time she lives like one, but her roots are deep in the Navajo nation, and she returns to the reservation to solemnize and celebrate her change from girl to woman. The ceremony, called Kinaald{ }a, marks the coming-of-age for a Navajo girl. Celebrated outdoors and in the family hogan, it is composed of two days of prayer, ritual, feasting, running, and rejoicing. Celinda wears a new dress woven like a Navajo blanket. She blesses her relatives and is blessed by them. She mixes a huge cake, made in part from cornmeal she has ground herself, dedicated to the sun god, and shared with all who attend the Kinaald{ }a. Roessel's text describes Celinda's preparations and the ceremony itself and relates the ancient myth that gave rise to it. The photographs, which are sharp and beautiful but not slick, are reminiscent of candid shots taken by a very good photographer at a family gathering. Because the subject is unusual, this book may need a little promotion, but it could complement either a Native American collection or a women's studies unit. Sheilamae O'Hara

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