Empowerment of North American Indian Girls

Empowerment of North American Indian Girls

by Carol A Markstrom

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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. Developmental psychologist Carol A. Markstrom reviews indigenous, historical, and anthropological literatures and conveys the results of her fieldwork to provide descriptive accounts of North American Indian coming-of-age rituals. She gives special attention to the female puberty rituals in four communities: Apache, Navajo, Lakota, and Ojibwa. Of particular interest is the distinctive Apache Sunrise Dance, which is described and analyzed in detail. Also included are American Indian feminist interpretations of menstruation and menstrual taboos, the feminine in cosmology, and the significance of puberty customs and rites for the development of young women.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803216211
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 03/01/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Carol A. Markstrom is a professor in the Department of Technology, Learning, and Culture in the College of Human Resources and Education at West Virginia University. She is the coauthor of The Adolescent Experience, fourth edition, and Adolescent Life Experiences, third edition, and has authored numerous scholarly works on adolescents and American Indians.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     vii
Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xv
Contextual and Methodological Considerations     1
Contemporary Youth Concerns in Historical Perspective     26
North American Indian Perspectives on Human Development     46
Menstruation, Cosmology, and Feminism     85
Historical Overview of Coming-of-Age Practices     123
The Apache Sunrise Dance     192
Interpretation of the Apache Sunrise Dance     259
Contemporary Navajo, Lakota, and Ojibwa Puberty Customs     302
Broader Perspectives on Coming-of-Age     339
Notes     359
References     367
Index     399

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Empowerment of North American Indian Girls: Ritual Expressions at Puberty 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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