Hogans: Navajo Houses & House Songs


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Author (Translator): McAllester, David P.  (1916-2006)

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

Pub Date: 1980

Binding: Hardcover

Condition: Book: Good.  Binding tight.  No marks, tears, bends or folds.  Embossed front board  Dust Jacket: Fair to Good.  Price clipped.  Light edge wear.  In mylar.

Notes: Ethnomusicology.  “House poems from Navajo ritual” and “Photographs of Navajo houses”.  “The poetry in which the Navajos celebrate the hogan (literally ‘place home’ or, simply translated ‘house’) is contained in songs and prayers numbering into the hundreds.  Any Navajo home may become the locus of a ceremonial to bless its occupants and make them immune to sickness and danger.” (From the Introduction).  McAlester’s acknowledgements read like a who’s who of Navajo ethnohistory–Father Berard Haile, Clyde Kluckhohn, Gladys Reichard, Mary Wheelwright, Leland Wyman, Charlotte Frisbie.   Photographs by Susan W. McAllester.

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