The Scalpel and the Silver Bear Short Essay - Answer Key

Lori Alvord
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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What is one of the most important parts of Navajo healing in the culture?

One of the most important parts of Navajo healing in the culture involves singing a person to wellness through a chantway, a song used to cure.

2. What is the background of Alvord's parents which makes her distinctly capable of working within two worlds of thought?

The background of Alvord's parents is that her father is a full-blooded Navajo and her mother is white, allowing her to work within two worlds.

3. What is something Alvord's mother teaches her, though it is not common in the Navajo culture?

Alvord's mother teaches her to dream of a bigger life, even though the Navajo culture does not encourage this thinking.

4. What are the Navajo discouraged from doing in order to become more humble?

The Navajo are discouraged from talking about themselves or drawing any attention to themselves in order to stay humble.

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