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Kinaaldá: A Navajo Rite of Passage

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"Only an 'insider' could record and explain the personal meaning, communal intricacy, and mystical significance of the kinaalda ceremony. Producer/director Lena Carr was denied her kinaalda ceremony because of her parent's relocation and their desire to integrate her into mainstream culture. By documenting her niece's rite of passage, Carr journeyed back to her childhood and found 'that piece of my life that I felt was missing.' Carr follows 13-year-old Tanya Sheperd's initiation into womanhood during the rite of passage that connects her to the Navajo community and culture." - Container.
DVD
2000
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Peyote Road: Ancient Religion in Contemporary Crisis

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A documentary on the religious use of peyote by Native Americans and of efforts to establish protective legislation for practicing peyotism. Includes a 1994 legislative update discussing the passage of protective legislation.
DVD
2008; 1992
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Peyote Road: Ancient Religion in Contemporary Crisis

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Describes the struggle of American Indians, especially those who belong to the Native American Church, to continue to use the drug peyote as an integral part of their religious rites and ceremonies.
VHS
1993
Ivy (By Request)
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The Return of Navajo Boy

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The resurfacing of a decades old film reunites a man and his family and explores radioactivity problems on the Navajo reservation. The original film, Navajo Boy, produced by Robert J. Kennedy, chronicles the Cly and Begay families. The new film, Return of Navajo Boy, juxtaposes the families' lives now and then. The current film also explores the effects of uranium exposure from the mines on the Navajo Nation on the health of the Navajo people. It documents the return/reunion of John Wayne Cly, a Navaho boy, taken as a child by missionaries around 40 years ago from his Navajo family.
VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
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Seasons of a Navajo [electronic resource]

This classic anthropological study of a traditional Navajo family, the Neboyias, examines their lifestyle through the four seasons as they travel to each of their hogans-planting, sheepherding, harvesting, and weaving. The documentarist's style is natural and unobtrusive, allowing viewers to share in the Navajo world vision. Filmed in the Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, and Window Rock areas of Arizona.
Online
2006; 1984
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Navajo Warriors: The Great Secret

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The famous Navajo Code Talkers, memorialized by Hollywood in the feature film "Windtalkers," were an integral part of the armed forces during World War II. Navajo veterans who fought in the Pacific in World War II, used their unwritten Native American tongue as an unbreakable code language, essential in the American military intelligence machine. Richard West, President, Museum of the American Indian, says, "Ironically, the U.S. military used the Native American language as a potent instrument of war although the government had prohibited [native] people from speaking their own language for almost a century."Successive generations of young Navajo men who fought in the elite division of the U.S. Marine Corps, relate their stories in this film. Vincent and his brother enlisted in the 1 [...]
Online
2003
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Seasons of a Navajo

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Chauncey and Dorothy, grandparents to an extended family of two generations, maintain their existence by farming, weaving, and tending sheep in a traditional hogan without water or electricity. Their children live in tract homes and their grand children attend modern public schools.
VHS
1988; 1985
Ivy (By Request)