HEAD AND FACE MASKS IN NAVAHO CEREMONIALISM. Berard Haile.

HEAD AND FACE MASKS IN NAVAHO CEREMONIALISM

St. Michaels, Arizona: The St. Michaels Press, 1947. First Edition. Hardcover. "The Edition is Limited to Five Hundred Numbered Copies of which this is Number 274," with the uncommon Legend to Color Chart of Navaho Mask Combinations laid in. Father Berard Haile (1874-1961) spent a lifetime studying and recording Navajo ceremonial practices. His ethnographic work was held in wide regard by contemporary anthropologists, and he is still commonly cited by present-day students of Navajo ceremonialism. This work presents information on masks and their uses, most of it obtained in 1908 from one family of singers and supplemented over the following forty years. It offers a detailed account of the necessary attributes of Navajo masks and their construction. At the heart of the book is a day-by-day account of the nine-day Nightway healing practice, now the primary ceremony in which masks are used. Octavo: 122 p. with 14 color plates and numerous textual illustrations. Original brown cloth binding, with gilt titles. The dust jacket is lightly faded along the spine, with a closed tear to the spine heel that is mended with tape on the recto; otherwise very good. Very good / Very good. Item #73941

Price: $150.00

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