• Sign In / Register
  • Help
  • Basket0
The books you love, the emails you want
Time is running out, opt in before 25 May or you'll stop hearing from us
Yes Please
Blood and Voice: Navajo Women Ceremonial Practitioners (Hardback)
  • Blood and Voice: Navajo Women Ceremonial Practitioners (Hardback)
zoom

Blood and Voice: Navajo Women Ceremonial Practitioners (Hardback)

(author)
£49.50
Hardback 186 Pages / Published: 30/08/2003
  • We can order this

Usually despatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket

Check Marketplace availability

Adulthood in the Navajo world is marked by the onset of menstruation in females and by the deepening of the voice in males. Accordingly, young adults must accept responsibility over the powers manifest in blood and voice: for women, the forces that control reproduction and growth; for men, the powers of protection and restoration of order that come through maintaining Navajo oral tradition. The maintenance of the latter tradition has long been held to be the function of the Navajo singer, a role usually viewed as male. But despite this longstanding assumption, women can and do fill this role. Drawing on interviews with seventeen Navajo women practitioners and five apprentices, Maureen Trudelle Schwarz explicates women's role as ceremonial practitioners and shows that it is more complex than has previously been thought. She examines gender differences dictated by the Navajo origin story, details how women came to be practitioners, and reveals their experiences and the strategies they use to negotiate being both woman and singer. Women who choose careers as singers face complex challenges, since some rules prohibit menstruating women from conducting ceremonies and others regarding sexual continence can strain marital relationships. Additionally, oral history places men in charge of all ceremonial matters. Schwarz focuses on how the reproductive life courses of Navajo women influence their apprenticeships and practices to demonstrate how they navigate these issues to preserve time-honored traditions. Through the words of actual practitioners, she shows how each woman brings her own unique life experience to the role. While differing among individuals, these experiences represent a commitment to shared cultural symbols and result in a consensus that sustains social cohesion. By showing the differences and similarities between the apprenticeship, initiation, and practice of men and women singers, Blood and Voice offers a better understanding of the role of Navajo women in a profession usually viewed as a male activity and of the symbolic construction of the self in Navajo culture. It also addresses classic questions concerning the sexual division of labor, menstrual taboos, gender stereotypes, and the tension between tradition and change that will enlighten students of other cultures.

Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 9780816523009
Number of pages: 186
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 249 x 153 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This is without question a significant contribution. It gets to the heart of Navajo ideals, especially the premium that is paid on individuality, and has much to say about personhood and the symbolic construction of self."
"This book offers important and subtle insights into Navajo thought and ceremonial practice." --Journal of Anthropological Research

You may also be interested in...

Natives
Added to basket
£16.99   £13.99
Hardback
Total ReThink
Added to basket
£20.00
Hardback
Recovery
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Everything I Know About Love
Added to basket
£12.99   £10.99
Hardback
When Breath Becomes Air
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
Added to basket
Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2
Added to basket
The Secret Barrister
Added to basket
£16.99   £13.99
Hardback
All That Remains
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
Adventures of a Young Naturalist
Added to basket
The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah
Added to basket
Patrick Melrose Volume 1
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Admissions
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket
Added to basket
On Leopard Rock: A Life of Adventures
Added to basket
How Not To Be a Boy
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.