A Navajo Girl Grows Up
This book tells of the Navajo traditional ceremony, Kinaaldá,
in which young girls participate as they prepare to enter womanhood.
Celinda McKelvey is a young Navajo girl who lives in New Mexico with
her family. Celinda and her family travel to her grandmother's hogan
on a reservation where they are joined by the Navajo community. Monty
Roessel provides crisp photographs documenting Celinda's experiences
as she participates in this coming-of-age ceremony. Celinda and her
family take us through the steps of the Kinaaldá as the Navajo
people experience it nowadays. After the ceremony is complete, Celinda
declares that she feels "like a Navajo."
Monty Roessel gives us a clear picture of the tradition behind this
custom in a sub-story about the first Kinaaldá, which was performed
for Changing Woman. The rituals from this first initiation are the same
ones that the young Navajo women follow today. The reader is given an
insider's view into the lives of contemporary Navajo people, culture,
language, and tradition.
About the Book | Book
Review | Children's Voices |
Interview | About the Reviewer