THE GIFT OF THE CHANGING WOMAN by Tryntje Van Ness Seymour

THE GIFT OF THE CHANGING WOMAN

Age Range: 10 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 In her lucid depiction of the four-day Na'°°'ees ceremony welcoming an Apache girl into womanhood, Seymour captures the powerful respect for nature and the bonds connecting all forms of life embodied in these ceremonies. She paints a fascinating picture of the ritual and its meaning--with each detail of the ceremonial costume or action reinforcing messages about how life should be lived. The first two days, which are private, are not discussed, but the third and fourth are reported in splendid detail concerning dance, costume, and symbolism, with illustrations from Apache artists from the 1890's to the present. Quotes are drawn from a medicine man, a woman who was the subject of a ceremony, and an Apache artist. An excellent portrayal of girls taking pride in becoming women in balance with the earth. Endnotes with biographies of the artists and the speakers; notes on the paintings; glossary; further reading. (Nonfiction. 10+)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-8050-2577-4
Page count: 38pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 1993