Reichard, Gladys A. Navajo Medicine Man: Sandpaintings and Legends of Miguelito. From the John Frederick Huckel Collections. New York: J.J. Augustin Publisher, 1939. Small folio, half leather, 83 numb. text pp, 24 plates, each with schematic of the elements contained in them. Copyright page notes that this is a limited edition of 500 copies, with plates printed on handmade Japanese paper.
Explanations of the rites and legends associated with the Bead Chant and several aspects of the Shooting Chant, plus an overview of Navajo religion. Appendix has 24 plates of sandpaintings with chart labeling each symbol on the painting.
Gladys Amanda Reichard (1893-1955) earned her PhD in anthropology from Columbia University under Franz Boas. Reichard spent most summers and parts of several winters on the Navajo reservation, most with Miguelito/Red Point, the medicine man who was the focus of this volume. She was soon fluent in the language and realized that she could not understand much of Navajo culture without an understanding of the religion. While there, she also learned weaving from the women of Red Point's family. She became a member of the faculty of Barnard College, and continued researching Navajo culture her entire career. Just before her death in 1955 she published a two-volume study of Navajo religious symbolism, which brought together and clarified the mountain of information available by that time on the subject.
Light shelf wear. Tissue guards were not bound in, and many have slipped a bit, and the edges have become scuffed and toned. Generally clean and very good overall.
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