"Many of these poems and stories have a song that accompanies the work. Because these songs are in Navajo, a written version is not possible. When I read these in public, the song is also a part of the reading. This is very much a consideration as I am translating and writing--the fact that the written version must stand on its own..."Amy McNally of the University of Minnesota, who edited the page, offers this assessment:
In the birth poems, in the humorous stories, and in the chants and prayers within Tapahonso's works, a voice emerges that both appreciates and respects traditional Navajo stories and humor. At the same time speaks a writer who will use the narratives she has heard throughout her life as a foundation for the creation of new prayers, stories, and poems that recognize the vitality of present day Navajo culture.
In class we'll read some poems linked to her page at http://www.ipl.org/div/natam/bin/browse.pl/A116 ...
Blog: Compare and contrast the two poems about drinking/drunks we read in class today with "It Has Always Been This Way." Consider the three questions. You know what they are by now, right? Post your answers as comments to this blog.
Here's a link to directory of Dine (Navajo) literature.