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The Mountain Chant: A Navajo Ceremony

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Publisher Comments:

The Mountain Chant is a nine-day Navajo healing ceremony, one of several major rites undertaken only in winter. Aside from curing disease, it brings rain and invokes the unseen powers for general benefit. Though perhaps practiced less often now than better-known ceremonies such as the Night Chant, it is by no means forgotten.

Fully faithful to the original book published by Washington Matthews over a century ago, this edition contains the story of the wandering hero upon whose exploits the Mountain Chant is based, a description of each of the nine ceremonial days, and original song text and translations.

"Each Navajo ceremony builds on a specific story, which in turn contributes to a network of interlocking narratives as poetically rich as the Homeric epics or the Arthurian cycle. Non-Navajos are only now beginning to fathom the extent of that poetic richness as we learn more about the nature of ceremonial Navajo, with its formulaic virtuosity, its rhythmic cadences, its deep allusiveness to enduring human values, and the spellbinding thrust of its stories."

- Paul Zolbrod, from the foreword

Book News Annotation:

The Mountain Chant is a nine-day Navajo healing ceremony undertaken only in winter. Matthews, an army major and one of the earliest Anglo recorders of Navajo culture, describes not only procedures and objects used, but emphasizes the ceremony's vision of humankind's place in a broader scheme. A foreword compares Navajo folklore themes with themes from ancient and modern Western literature. Includes b&w and color illustrations. Originally published in 1887, this volume contains two sections suppressed from the original edition due to suggestive content of the ritual. No index.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This updated volume discusses the nine-day winter Navajo healing ceremony intended to cure disease, bring rain, and invoke the unseen powers for general benefit.

Synopsis:

The Mountain Chant is a nine-day Navajo healing ceremony intended to cure disease, bring rain, and invoke the unseen powers for general benefit. This edition contains the story of the wandering hero upon whose exploits the Mountain Chant is based, a description of each of the nine ceremonial days, and original song texts and translations.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. xxi-xxii).

About the Author

Washington Matthews (1843-1905), an army major and surgeon, was conversant in Navajo and was one of the earliest and best Anglo recorders of Navajo culture.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword by Paul Zolbrod

Note on the Orthography of Navajo Words by Washington Matthews

Orthographic Note by Robert W. Young

Introduction

Myth of the Origin of the Dsilyídje qaçàl

The Great Pictures of Dsilyídje qaçàl

Original Texts and Translations of Songs

Addendum: The Suppressed Sections

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780874805420
Subtitle:
A Navajo Ceremony
Foreword:
Matthews, Washington
Author:
Matthews, Washington
Author:
Zolbrod, Paul
Publisher:
University of Utah Press
Location:
Salt Lake City :
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Native American Studies - Tribes
Subject:
Native American Studies - Spirituality
Subject:
Navajo Indians
Subject:
Rites and ceremonies
Subject:
Southwest, new
Subject:
Navajo Indians -- Rites and ceremonies.
Subject:
Mountainway
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st Edition
Series Volume:
v. 16, no. 204
Publication Date:
20060821
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 b/w illus., 9 figures
Pages:
122
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in
Age Level:
from 18 up to 80

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This updated volume discusses the nine-day winter Navajo healing ceremony intended to cure disease, bring rain, and invoke the unseen powers for general benefit.

"Synopsis" by , The Mountain Chant is a nine-day Navajo healing ceremony intended to cure disease, bring rain, and invoke the unseen powers for general benefit. This edition contains the story of the wandering hero upon whose exploits the Mountain Chant is based, a description of each of the nine ceremonial days, and original song texts and translations.
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