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Author Markstrom, Carol A.

Title Empowerment of North American Indian girls : ritual expressions at puberty / Carol A. Markstrom
Published Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2008]
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 425 pages, 9 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents Contextual and methodological considerations -- Contemporary youth concerns in historical perspective -- North American Indian perspectives on human development -- Menstruation, cosmology, and feminism -- Historical overview of coming-of-age practices -- The Apache Sunrise Dance -- Interpretation of the Apache Sunrise Dance -- Contemporary Navajo, Lakota, and Ojibwa puberty customs -- Broader perspectives on coming-of-age
Summary Empowerment of North American Indian Girls is an examination of coming-of-age-ceremonies for American Indian girls past and present, featuring an in-depth look at Native ideas about human development and puberty. Many North American Indian cultures regard the transition from childhood to adulthood as a pivotal and potentially vulnerable phase of life and have accordingly devised coming-of-age rituals to affirm traditional values and community support for its members. Such rituals are a positive and enabling social force in many modern Native communities whose younger generations are wrestling with substance abuse, mental health problems, suicide, and school dropout
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 367-397) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Indian girls -- United States -- Social life and customs.
Indians of North America -- Social life and customs.
Puberty rites -- United States.
United States -- Social life and customs.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2007028811
ISBN 0803216211 (electronic bk.)
9780803216211 (electronic bk.)