The Keenest Observers: Restoring Native Ceremonies
Anyone who practices a religion can appreciate the long traditions involved in worship. Few can imagine trying to restore those traditions after a long absence.
But that is what native communities face, as they work to continue traditions stopped by force, by killing, and by banishment to reservations.
Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy, who teaches Native American studies at Humboldt State University, details the work of the Hoopa tribe in restoring a women's coming-of-age ceremony that had been stopped. Her book is We Are Dancing For You.Robert Goodwin returns with The Keenest Observers to talk to Dr. Baldy about her work.