Religion: St. Michael's 50th

All afternoon, the Navajos had been arriving in trucks and spring wagons, on horseback and afoot. St. Michael's Mission in Arizona, the heart and nerve center of the Franciscan effort to convert the Indians of the Southwest, was having its 50th anniversary last week, and from all over their 16 million-acre reservation the Navajos came to celebrate with the Ednishodi (long-robed ones).

After dark, while monks and nuns bustled through last-minute preparations, the Indians trooped into the mission plaza for a special movie program. Wrapped in striped blankets or sheepskin coats against the cold night air, they chuckled at a cartoon and...

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