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A Different MedicinePostcolonial Healing in the Native American Church$
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Joseph D. Calabrese

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199927722

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199927722.001.0001

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Kinship, Socialization, and Ritual in Navajo Peyotist Families

Kinship, Socialization, and Ritual in Navajo Peyotist Families

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A Different Medicine

Joseph D. Calabrese

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes kinship, childhood, parenting, and socialization in the Native American Church, based on observation and interviewing of Peyotist families. The classic ethnographers of the NAC encountered a young religion that had more new converts than members from childhood. Today the NAC is no longer a new "cult" but is rather a multigenerational religious tradition that has developed distinctive childrearing strategies and goals for human development. We now have multigenerational NAC families and can study how the religion is acquired by children as well as adults, what the salient family values and parental goals are, and the role of ritual experiences in Peyotist childhood and development. The chapter describes an approach of “panoptical socialization” aimed at establishing a relationship with Peyote as an omniscient guardian. A human development perspective enlightens the literature on the NAC and such ethnographic research broadens our understanding of socialization and human development across cultures.

Keywords:   native american church, kinship, childhood, parenting, socialization, families, human development, ritual, panoptical socialization, peyote

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