Native American Songs and Poems: An Anthology

Native American Songs and Poems: An Anthology

by Brian Swann (Editor)


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In this carefully chosen collection, encompassing traditional songs and contemporary Native American poetry, readers will find a treasury of lyrics verse composed by Seminole, Hopi, Navajo, Pima, Havasupai, Arapaho, Paiute, Nootka, and other Indian writers and poets.
Selections range from the beautiful, traditional Seminole "Song for Bringing a Child into the World" to the cynical, knowing "How to Write the Great American Indian Novel." Permeated by the Indian's deep awareness and appreciation of nature's beauty and rhythms, these poems deal with themes of tradition and continuity, the Indians' place in contemporary society, love, loss, memory, alienation, and many other topics.
Taken together, these poems offer an intimate, revealing record of the Native American response to the world, from time-honored chants and songs to the musings of urban Indian poets coming to grips with twentieth-century America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486294506
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 09/18/1996
Series: Dover Thrift Editions
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 14 Years

Table of Contents

Song for Bringing a Child into the World
Song for the Dying
He-Hea Katzina Song
Hymn of the Horse
Deer Song
Song from the mountain Chant
Song of the Earth
Yaqui Song
Quail Song
Bear Song
Havasupai Medicine Song
Arapaho Ghost Dance Songs
Paiute Ghost Dance Song
Luiseño Song of the Seasons
Six Dream Songs
I. You and I Shall Go
II. Minnow and Flowers
III. Sleep
IV. Dandelion Puffs
V. There Above
VI. Strange Flowers
Two Newe Songs
Cradle Song
In the Valley
She Will Gather Roses
Utitia'q's Song
Dance Song
Old Song of the Musk Ox People
Delight in Nature
How to Write the Great American Indian Novel
Two Heart Clan
Inside Osage
"Anza Borrego, 1995"
Ride the Turtle's Back
Geese Flying Over a Prison Sweat Lodge
The Owl
This Blessing
Cedar Swamp
Eagle Poem
lines from a pariah notebook
Naming the Animals
The Origins of Corn
In the Cornfield
Sky Woman
This is No Movie of Noble Savages
Evening Near the Hoko River
Stones Speak of the Earthless Sky
After the Lightning
Skins as Old Testament
What the Eagle Fan Says
Durable Breath
To Those Who Matter
"Tradition from Inside"

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Native American Songs and Poems: An Anthology 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
gmillar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I believe I would have enjoyed these more and understood the pictures painted with these words had I either grown up in the culture or spent a very long time learning it from an appropriate teacher. I can also believe that the collection would be very meaningful to a person who had done both of those things.