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Navaho Texts

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Author: Sapir, Edward,with Supplementary Texts by Harry Hoijer

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Reference #: 1856

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A Scarce Study with a Notable Provenance.

543 pp. including Notes and Bibliography. Quarto (10”) in red cloth; Linguistic Society of America, University of Iowa, Iowa City, 1942. Double paneling in blind; gilt spine titles faded; check marks in pencil on a few lines of the Table of Contents, else a clean, Near Fine copy in tight, square binding, light fading to the spine, ex libris David Aberle, with his signature on the front paste-down. [Murdock Ethnographic Bibliography, p. 339.]

Writing a review for the American Anthropologist (N.S. #45, pp. 273 ff), Berard Haile writes: “Navaho textual material is none too abundant. For this reason students of Navaho culture who combine their researches with a study of the language will welcome this volume of Navaho Texts by Sapir-Hoijer.” “The ethnological value of much of this material is indicated in some of the subtitles in Chapters II and V which touch upon the care of infants; menstrual, naming and hunting customs; early clothing an foods; sheep raising; weaving; silversmithing; the horse and saddle; shoe-making; mortuary and other customs of Navaho everyday life. Mythology, too, is superbly represented in clan narratives, the legend of the Hollow Floating Log, Killing of the Tracking Bear, the Visionary of the Night Chant, the Origin of the Wardance and the na’cid Ceremony.”

Aberle (d. 2004) was most recently in his academic career Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, becoming Professor Emeritus in 1984. His focus over many decades was work with, and writing about, the Navajo of Arizona.

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