Hi Auntie, Are you supposed to throw a celebration when you get your period?

What a wonderful question to ask.

Many Native American tribes celebrate all stages of life with what is commonly known as “right of passage” or “coming of age”. The can be naming ceremonies of babies and adults, vision quests, marriage, and women’s coming of age. The Navajo Puberty Ceremony celebrating maturity of girls among the Navajo is held generally on the fourth night after the first evidence of the maiden’s entrance into womanhood is called “Kinaaldá”; this is a four-day celebration of life.

In traditional Native communities, we celebrated the coming of age of women, this is a sacred and beautiful time in the young women’s life and for the life of the community. Through colonization we have lost many of these traditional values. I would suggest you contact your Tribal elders to talk to them about this beautiful and sacred time and learn about what your tribe did to celebrate the coming of age and right of passage for women in your community.

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Auntie Manda


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