Jeanne Simonelli’s questions to consider while reading
Crossing Between Worlds
- How and why did this research/experience take place?
- How has the process ethnographic research changed in the last two decades?
- How is this reflected in the new sections in the second edition?
- For anthropology students, how does this relate to the ethics, practice and theory of research?
Family and Kinship
- How do the Navajo view kinship, and how does it differ from mainstream definitions of family?
- How is this reflected in the relationships described in Crossing Between Worlds?
- What are some of the challenges facing the younger members of the family depicted here?
- What are some of the challenges facing the elder members of the family depicted here, as their children consider long term care?
- How might this relate to what you have learned about Navajo attitudes towards death and dying?
Ceremony and Belief
- What is unique about the way the Navajo view their relationship to the world around them?
- How do they explain their place in the universe and the Southwest?
- What is the relationship between religion and daily life, and religion and healing?
- In what ways and places does Navajo ceremonial life happen?
- How does this connect to health and healing?