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CUSTOM, NAVAJO INDIANS: NEW MEXICO

THE YEI-BE-CHOI DANCE IS PERFORMED IN THE FALL WHEN THE THUNDER
GOD SLEEPS. IT IS HELD TO PREVENT BLINDNESS.

Where learned: NEW MEXICO ; SHIPROCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED.

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NAVAJO INDIANS; NEW MEXICO

WHEN YOU LOCK THE DOOR, YOU TAKE A PINCH OF CORN POLLEN, FACE THE
EAST, AND TOSS THE POLLEN INTO THE AIR PRAYING TO THE
GOD OF THE HOUSE TO WATCH IT DURING ONE'S ABSENCE.

Where learned: NEW MEXICO ; SHIPROCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: NOT ENTERED BY COLLECTOR

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CUSTOM

NAVAJO INDIANS, NEW MEXICO. WHIRLWINDS ARE BELIEVED
TO CARRY THE SPIRITS OF THE DEAD.
THEY COME AFTER BABIES SO IF ONE SHOULD BE CAUGHT
NEAR A WHIRLWIND HE IS UNDRESSED AND HIS CLOTHES WASHED.

Where learned: NEW MEXICO ; SHIPROCK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CUSTOM

A CEDAR BRANCH OVER THE HOGAN DOOR
WILL KEEP THE SPIRITS OUT

Submitter comment: HOGAN: THE TYPICAL DWELLING OF THE NAVAJO INDIANS,
BUILT OF EARTH WALLS SUPPORTED BY TIMBERS.

Where learned: NEW MEXICO ; SHIPROCK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

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CUSTOM

NAVAJO INDIANS, NEW MEXICO: WHEN A DOG'S EARS ARE CLIPPED,
IT MAKES THEM SMART.

Where learned: NEW MEXICO ; SHIPROCK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NAVAJO INDIANS: NEW MEXICO

IF A MOTHER DIES AT CHILDBIRTH THE BABY IS TAKEN TO
THE TRADING POST AND GIVEN TO THE WHITE TRADERS.
THEY KEEP THEM FOR THEMSELVES OR TURN THEM INTO THE
HOSPITAL. MM
WHEN TWINS ARE BORN, THE STRONGEST ONE IS USUALLY
PICKED OUT AND THE OTHER ONE IS TAKEN AWAY AND LEFT
TO DIE. THERE ARE VERY FEW TWINS ON THE RESERVATION.
A FEW HAVE KEPT THEM IN THE LAST FEW YEARS (1960S)
BUT THIS CUSTOM IS STILL WIDESPREAD.

Where learned: NEW MEXICO ; SHIPROCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NAVAJO INDIANS: NEW MEXICO--CUSTOM

INDIANS DIG UP THE DEAD TO STEAL THE FINGERS OF THE
DEAD TO MAKE THEIR BLACK MEDICINE.

Where learned: NEW MEXICO ; SHIPROCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NAVAJO INDIANS: NEW MEXICO--CUSTOM

IF AN INDIAN DIES IN THE HOSPITAL, ANYTHING IN THE
ROOM BELONGING TO THE DEAD PERSON IS PLACED IN THE
GRAVE WITH THEM.

Where learned: NEW MEXICO ; SHIPROCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NAVAJO INDIAN CUSTOM

WHEN SOMEONE DIES, A HOLE IS CUT IN THE NORTH SIDE
OF THE HOGAN AND THEY ARE CARRIED OUT. THE HOGAN
IS THEN BURNT.

Where learned: NEW MEXICO ; SHIPROCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NAVAJO INDIAN CUSTOM

BIRTHDAYS ARE NOT CELEBRATED, BUT A SHEEP IS KILLED
AND A PARTY IS HELD WHEN THE BABY LAUGHS FOR
THE FIRST TIME.

Where learned: NEW MEXICO ; SHIPROCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TRADITIONAL NAVAJO MARRIAGE

THERE IS A NEWSPAPER CLIPPING WITH PHOTOGRAPH, OF A
NAVAJO WEDDING CEREMONY ON JULY 31 AT THE SMITH LAKE
CHAPTER HOUSE, NEW MEXICO. "HELEN S. HUDSON, INDIAN
VILLAGE, NEW MEXICO AND KEITH TOLINO, WHITE HORSE

Where learned: NEW MEXICO ; SHIPROCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Ceremony

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NAVAJO INDIANS: NEW MEXICO

AT THE FIRST SNOWFALL OF THE SEASON YOU MUST GO
OUT AND TAKE A SNOW BATH BEFORE YOU EAT, SO
THAT YOU WILL BE STRONG AND WISE.

Where learned: NEW MEXICO ; SHIPROCK

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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