The practice of the Kinaalda' on the north/central part of the Navajo reservation
KeywordsNavajo Indians -- Rites and ceremonies.
Indians of North America -- Arizona -- Rites and ceremonies.
AdvisorChristopherson, Victor A.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractA descriptive study concerning the Navajo Puberty Ceremony for girls, the Kinaalda', examined the extent of the practice of the ceremony, and the frequency in which the girls who have had the ceremony and the girls who have not had the ceremony differ in traditional characteristics. Fifty-four percent of the girls questioned have had the Kinaalda'. Significant differences between the girls who had the ceremony and those who had not had the ceremony were found, using a chi square test of significance at an alpha level of .05, in the frequency of a set of traditional characteristics. The Kinaalda' girl possessed the set of traditional qualities more frequently than the non-Kinaalda' girl.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
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