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Walking to Magdalena: Place and Person in Tohono O'odham Songs, Sticks, and Stories


Abstract This dissertation examines songs, sticks, and stories pertaining to Tohono O'odham pilgrimages to Magdalena, Sonora, Mexico, the home of their patron saint, Saint Francis. In the sense that Tohono O'odham travel to Magdalena in order to sustain their vital and long-standing relationship with their saint, these journeys may be understood as a Christian pilgrimages. However, insofar as one understands this indigenous practice as a Christian pilgrimage, it must also be noted that Tohono O'odham have made Christianity their own. The findings show that Tohono O'odham have embedded, or emplaced, Christianity within their ancestral landscapes, and that they have done so in a variety of ways through songs, staffs, and stories. This ... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Schermerhorn, Seth (Author) / Swanson, Tod D (Advisor) / Brown, Eddie F (Committee member) / Feldhaus, Anne (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Native American studies / Religion / Cultural anthropology / Magdalena Pilgrimage / Movement / Personhood / Place / Saint Francis / Tohono O'odham
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 229 pages
Language English
Rights All Rights Reserved
Note Ph.D. Religious Studies 2013
Collaborating Institutions ASU Graduate College / ASU Libraries
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS


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