Diné Bahane': The Navajo Creation Story
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Diné Bahane': The Navajo Creation Story

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This is the most complete version of the Navajo creation story to appear in English since the publication of Washington Matthew's 'Navaho Legends' in 1897. Paul G Zolbrod's new translation attempts to render the power and delicacy of the oral storytelling performance on the page. His use of a poetic English idiom appropriate to the Navajo oral tradition gives us a translat...more
Paperback, 431 pages
Published December 1st 1987 by University of New Mexico Press (first published December 1984)
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The dilapidated copy I read came as a discard from the high school library in Kirtland. Mom says it's one of the books that tends to walk out and not come back, which surprised me at first. However, I loved it. As far as authenticity goes, it's a little strange- written by an English prof from PA with no training in ethnology or anthropology, no experience with the Navajo culture, no knowledge of the language, and plenty of enthusiasm. His primary source is another book by another author from ar...more
Pretty great once you've made allowances for some translation-related weirdness and the editor's unnecessary (and troubling) embellishments.
On the one hand, the setting of this story was very familiar: the cast of animals and the geographical features are clearly those of my home country. On the other hand, the stories themselves, and the cultural norms and other elements, were foreign to me. It was a very interesting read.
Super easy reading. Skimmed a lot of the replication. It's suppose to be writen like a song, a traditional chant, I think, but it could be the same story but better without the extra 100 pages and more folklore detail.
I would like to learn even more about traditional Navajo ways of understanding the world. This was an interesting starting point.
This will be the last book in my Navaho study
Brea Plum
APL only has the ebook.
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