Question needing a reply

Okay. I have an important question you can help me with. In my next novel a crime takes place on the Navajo Reservation during an Enemy Way Ceremony.
When we lived on the Rez the dance that is part of the ceremony was called a Squaw Dance. Tony Hillerman in his books referred to it as the Girl Dance. To me it is a Squaw Dance.
But I would like to know what you, my more-in-tune with our times friends, think is better.
So let me know: Squaw Dance or Girl Dance?

About Karen Hopkins

Karen Hopkins (1949-) was born in Los Angeles and raised in Martinez, California. At seventeen she moved to Talcahuano, Chile. After completing her university degree she worked in London, England for Pan American Airlines and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East, and India. For twenty-six years Karen taught Spanish and English as a Second Language in a variety of settings including a private school in Panama, the "most remote school in the United States" in Ticaboo, Utah, the Navajo Reservation, and a teacher exchange in Hermosillo, Mexico. Karen and her husband traveled extensively throughout Mexico and Central America, spending many summers in the highlands of Chiapas and Guatemala . Karen currently lives in Southern Arizona, near the Mexican border.
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One Response to Question needing a reply

  1. After a dozen opinions on Facebook I did some more research and came up with a third alternative–one that matches Navajo translation for the dance much better than the two choices I first considered. Thanks for your input and feel free to comment!

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