"Na ii ees", The Apache Woman’s Puberty Ceremony
"Na ii ees", The Apache Woman’s Puberty Ceremony (or Sunrise Dance) Many Apache girls today have a puberty ceremony preparing her for womanhood. "Na ii ees" is a ritual enactment of the Apache origin myth known as "Changing Woman". Changing Woman’s power grants longevity. The power is transferred to the pubescent girl through songs sung by the medicine man. Tara and a companion start early in the morning and the girls must dance 36 songs each of two mornings while the medicine men drum. Family and community members stand in a semi circle in support during the ceremony From the collection of Grrlstories (www.grrlstories.org) a project that explores the ways girls come of age in America.
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- APACHE SUNRISE CEREMONY