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Traditional Navajo Teachings, Volume Three: The Earth Surface People

by Robert S. McPherson & Perry Juan Robinson

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"This final book may be the most useful to young Navajos trying to find their place in their families and their tribe. . . . For non-Navajos, it provides a window into a culture that is evolving, but sticking to its values of hard work and connectedness, and perhaps some words to live by."
—Cindy Yurth, The Navajo Times

"The Earth Surface People, the final work in this trilogy, provides teachings about Navajo life from cradleboard to grave. Central to all is achieving “Long Life, Happiness” as one moves through various stages of existence. The second half of this book examines thoughts concerning the organization of the human body, sickness, western medicine, and death, all of which are part of the Pollen Path. How one walks this trail to his or her final destination is measured by one’s ability to live through its teachings. The four sacred directions with their associated powers are essential to earth life as outlined through ceremonies and daily practices. Here, one moves on a journey from teachings of the past to issues of the present. This volume is extremely helpful for youth to understand life values and the importance of identity, as well as acting as a reminder for adults of the enabling power of traditional culture."
—Clayton Long, a participant/creator of the Navajo Rosetta Stone; Bilingual Education Director (retired), San Juan School District, Utah; and curriculum developer for the Navajo Nation.

Robert S. McPherson is professor emeritus of history at Utah State University, Blanding Campus and has published widely on Navajo and Ute history and culture.

Perry Juan Robinson is from the highly traditional area of Piñon, Black Mesa, Arizona, with a strong family heritage of practicing medicine people. He has been a member of the Navajo Nation Medicine Man Association for over twenty years and continues to work as a hataali.

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  • Paperback Price: $24.99
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-64642-491-7
  • Publication Month: November
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Pages: 229
  • Discount Type: Trade
  • Author: by Robert S. McPherson & Perry Juan Robinson
  • ECommerce Code: 978-1-64642-491-7

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