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  1. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    An astonishing collection of Native American poetry. I might choose this book as my "desert island" pick. It certainly makes the list. My favorite section is devoted to "events". Here are some of the selections: CRAZY DOG EVENTS Crow 1. Act like a crazy dog. Wear sashes & other fine clothes, carry a rattle, & dance along the roads singing crazy dog songs after everybody else has gone to bed. 2. Talk crosswise: say the opposite of what you mean & make others say the opposite of what they mean in retu An astonishing collection of Native American poetry. I might choose this book as my "desert island" pick. It certainly makes the list. My favorite section is devoted to "events". Here are some of the selections: CRAZY DOG EVENTS Crow 1. Act like a crazy dog. Wear sashes & other fine clothes, carry a rattle, & dance along the roads singing crazy dog songs after everybody else has gone to bed. 2. Talk crosswise: say the opposite of what you mean & make others say the opposite of what they mean in return. 3. Fight like a fool by rushing up to an enemy & offering to be killed. Dig a hole near an enemy, & when the enemy surrounds it, leap out at them & drive them back. 4. Paint yourself white, mount a white horse, cover its eyes & make it jump down a steep & rocky bank, until both of you are crushed. VISION EVENT I Inuit Go to a lonely place & rub a stone in a circle on a rock for hours & days on end. VISION EVENT II Inuit Let the person who wants a vision hang himself by the neck. When his face turns purple, take him down & have him describe what he’s seen. VISION EVENT III Sioux Go to a mountaintop & cry for a vision.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    All of these translations are very dubious. Still, the ceremonies, horse-songs, hand games, visions, 'moon eclipse exorcisms' and poems 'to be recited every 8 years while eating unleavened tamles,' & sundry are delicious. To quote the title of one poem: "MAGIC WORDS & MORE MORE MORE MAGIC WORDS." All of these translations are very dubious. Still, the ceremonies, horse-songs, hand games, visions, 'moon eclipse exorcisms' and poems 'to be recited every 8 years while eating unleavened tamles,' & sundry are delicious. To quote the title of one poem: "MAGIC WORDS & MORE MORE MORE MAGIC WORDS."

  3. 5 out of 5

    Julian

    I love the songs and coyote stories the best but the poetry is powerful too.

  4. 5 out of 5

    W.B.

    Seminal.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mills College Library

    897 R8461 1972

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    Matt Knife

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    Anthony Moreno

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    W.B.

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    James Cook

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    Nicole

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