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Here is one last group of photos from my New York Times piece about maternity care in Tuba City, AZ. I took these pictures in March of 2010, in and around the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation’s Women’s Clinic and OB ward.
After Monica Kahe gave birth to her fourth child at the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation, she kept him indoors, away from the sun, for three weeks. Monica is a teacher on the Hopi reservation, and her husband Preston works at the hospital. On the morning of the last day, his relatives came over before the sun rose, bringing corn pudding, mutton stew, and blue corn meal to exchange as gifts.
They dabbed blue corn meal on Monica’s face, washed mother and baby’s hair, and waited for sunrise. When the night started to fade, the baby’s mother, aunt and grandmother brought him outside to meet the sun, and his grandmother read the long list of names that his paternal female relatives had given him. He would be called Uutsi’yma.
Afterward, the guests laughed and talked while eating mutton stew, corn pudding and cherry pie for breakfast. I was grateful that Monica had invited me to photograph the ceremony, and happy to have met her warm family.
These photographs were first published in the New York Times.