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By John Holiday

A shiny portrait of the lifetime of a conventional twentieth-century Navajo medication man

For greater than 90 years, Navajo medication guy John vacation has watched the solar upward thrust over the rock formations of his domestic in Monument Valley. At an early age, vacation all started an apprenticeship along with his grandfather to benefit the Blessingway rite, and as a adolescence, he played rainmaking ceremonies and practiced healing.

vacation skilled the invasion of Monument Valley by means of whites and later participated within the early filmmaking undefined, operating with director John Ford and actor John Wayne. lifestyles within the desolate tract was once rooted within the cattle and occasionally supplied just a hand-to-mouth lifestyles. vacation was once hired within the Thirties with the Civilian Conservation Corps, served a short stint within the army, mined uranium at the Navajo Reservation within the Fifties, and labored at the railroad.

Robert S. McPherson interviewed vacation generally to list his complete and interesting existence. vacation tells his grandparents tales of the lengthy stroll period, discusses attitudes concerning the land, relates Navajo spiritual tales, and recounts his education as a drugs man. A Navajo Legacy displays the ideas of a conventional practitioner who has present in existence either attractiveness and classes for destiny generations.

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