Aberle, David Friend, 1918-. Peyote religion among the Navajo

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Title: Peyote religion among the Navajo

Published in: Southwest, edited by Alfonso Ortiz

Published By: Southwest, edited by Alfonso Ortiz Washington: Smithsonian Institution : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 1983. 558-569 p.

By line: David F. Aberle

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Navajo (NT13)

Subjects: Organized ceremonial (796); Congregations (794); Religious denominations (795); Acculturation and culture contact (177);

Abstract: This article focuses on the growth of the Native American Church among the Navajo. Three fundamental issues are addressed: the spread of Peyotism from other tribes through the Navajo population, possible reasons for its success, and its role as a source of conflict within Navajo society and with state governments and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The author concludes that Peyotism was a response to political and economic subjugation exacerbated by government efforts in the 1930s to reduce sheep herds. Further, despite its previous importance as a divisive element in Navajo society, the Native American Church has grown to function as a cohesive force for community integration and cultural conservatism.

Document Number: 202

Document ID: nt13-202

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: For bibliographical references see 310: Ortiz.

Field Date: no date

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Richard A. Wagner ; John Beierle ; 1985

Coverage Date: 1880-1974

Coverage Place: southwestern United States

LCSH: Navajo Indians


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