Kinaalda: A Navajo Girl Grows Up

by Monty Roessel and Michael Dorris

Thirteen-year-old Celinda McKelvey is about to participate in her Kinaaldá,... read more

Thirteen-year-old Celinda McKelvey is about to participate in her Kinaaldá, a Navajo coming-of-age ceremony for girls. Over two days, with the support of her extended family and friends, she will run a race, prepare a corncake to be baked in the earth and stay up through the night as traditional prayers are sung, all the while learning more about the Navajo culture. Celinda's preparations for and participation in this important event are recorded through documentary photographs and text that unite the history of the ceremony and the Navajo people with a girl's transition into womanhood. (Ages 7-11)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1993

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