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The Night Chant: A Navaho Ceremony

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The Night Chant is one of the great nine-day, Navajo winter healing ceremonies. During its course, nearly all the important characters of the Navajo pantheon are mentioned in legends, depicted in sand paintings, and impersonated with the use of masks and other ritual objects. Originally published in 1902, Washington Matthews's The Night Chant contains one of the few extensive descriptions of this important ceremony.
 
Washington Matthews studied Navajo language and lifeways as an ethnologist and linguistics expert in the late-nineteenth century. His unique opportunities to observe ceremonies and record the roles of participants resulted in landmark studies of Navajo ritual and tradition. Matthews spent more than twenty years working with hatathli, or singers, to record the many songs and rites that comprise the intricate Night Chant. provides a detailed description of healing rites, songs, myths, and prayers for the ceremony, which is performed only during 'frosty weather.' This edition includes powerful contemporary observations in a foreword by John Farella.

Synopsis:

A detailed description of a nine-day Navajo ceremony of healing rites, songs, myths, and prayers performed only during “frosty weather” as observed by nineteenth century ethnologist and linguist Washington Matthews. This edition includes powerful contemporary observations in a foreword by John Farella.

Synopsis:

Originally published in 1902 and never reprinted, The Night Chant contains one of the few extensive descriptions of this important ceremony. Matthews spent over twenty years working with hatathli, or singers, to record the many songs and rites that comprise the intricate Night Chant. Matthews's sensitive study has significance for all modern readers with an interest in Navajo culture.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 307-316) and index.

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

Alphabet

A Note on Modern Orthography, by Robert Young

Foreword by John Farella

Preface

Part I. General Observations and Elements of the Ceremony

Part II. Rites in Detail

Part III. Myths

Part IV. Texts and Translations

Notes

Index

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780874804911
Foreword:
Matthews, Washington
Author:
Farella, John
Foreword by:
Farella, John
Foreword:
Farella, John
Author:
Matthews, Washington
Publisher:
University of Utah Press
Location:
Salt Lake City :
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Native American Studies - Tribes
Subject:
Rites and ceremonies
Subject:
Night chant (Navajo rite)
Subject:
Night chant
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies - Tribes
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Edition Description:
2nd Edition
Series Volume:
no. 140
Publication Date:
20020931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 13
Language:
English
Illustrations:
19 figures, 8 color illus.
Pages:
392
Dimensions:
9.50 x 7.00 in
Age Level:
from 18 up to 80

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A detailed description of a nine-day Navajo ceremony of healing rites, songs, myths, and prayers performed only during “frosty weather” as observed by nineteenth century ethnologist and linguist Washington Matthews. This edition includes powerful contemporary observations in a foreword by John Farella.
"Synopsis" by , Originally published in 1902 and never reprinted, The Night Chant contains one of the few extensive descriptions of this important ceremony. Matthews spent over twenty years working with hatathli, or singers, to record the many songs and rites that comprise the intricate Night Chant. Matthews's sensitive study has significance for all modern readers with an interest in Navajo culture.
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