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This valuable collection gathers tribal voice and thought into a surpassing whole that offers to the reader the pleasures of subtle poetry, the intensity of living struggles, the humor of myth, and the depth of consideration for all of life that characterizes the most moving of Native American philosophies.


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This valuable collection gathers tribal voice and thought into a surpassing whole that offers to the reader the pleasures of subtle poetry, the intensity of living struggles, the humor of myth, and the depth of consideration for all of life that characterizes the most moving of Native American philosophies.

43 review for Winged Serpent: American Indian Prose and Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Astrov's anthology is a product of the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, and marks this German emigre's self-introduction to the world of Anglo-American ethnography. It's a masterwork, recognized as such by James Wright, who in an interview (published in a 2001 The Georgia Review) discusses the Sioux, Chippewa, and Papago songs here. The Navaho translations are by Washington Matthews, Pliny Godard, and others; the Matthews translation of "A Prayer of the Night Chant" reflects Matthews Astrov's anthology is a product of the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, and marks this German emigre's self-introduction to the world of Anglo-American ethnography. It's a masterwork, recognized as such by James Wright, who in an interview (published in a 2001 The Georgia Review) discusses the Sioux, Chippewa, and Papago songs here. The Navaho translations are by Washington Matthews, Pliny Godard, and others; the Matthews translation of "A Prayer of the Night Chant" reflects Matthews' highest effort at marrying American poetics to Dine ethnography. That poem never fails to make me weep.

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