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Keiloh Nellie Poola officially came of age February 3. The streaks of white paint on her cheeks are a final blessing from her sponsor. (Photo by Vivian Meza/Special for Cronkite News)

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Kinaaldá: A Navajo girl comes of age in traditional ceremony

Hours before the sun will conquer the dark, a light rain falls, burning wood crackles and soft voices drift from a hogan.