By Berard Haile
Father Berard Haile (d. 1955) spent a life-time learning and recording Navajo ceremonial perform. His ethnographic paintings used to be held in broad regard through modern anthropologists, and he's nonetheless usually stated via present-day scholars of Navajo ceremonialism." "Originally issued in a constrained version in 1947, Head and Face mask in Navaho Ceremonialism provides info on mask and their makes use of, such a lot of it received in 1908 from one kinfolk of singers and supplemented over the next 40 years. It bargains an in depth account of the required attributes of Navajo mask and their building. on the middle of the booklet is a daily account of the nine-day Nightway therapeutic perform, now the first rite during which mask are used. there's additionally a dialogue of 2 mask Haile attributes to the Upward attaining manner, now not practiced. An addendum by means of Robert younger updates Haile's Navajo orthography. during this paintings, Haile reviews what he used to be advised with at the least interpretation, assumption, or opinion. the result's a Navajo account of the foundation of the ye'll or Holy humans whom the mask and linked sand work personify.
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