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Winner of the American Folklore Society’s Chicago Folklore Prize   Yaqui regard song as a kind of lingua franca of the intelligent universe. It is through song that experience with other living things is made intelligible and accessible to the human community. Deer songs often take the form of dialogues in which the deer and others in the wilderness world speak with one an Winner of the American Folklore Society’s Chicago Folklore Prize   Yaqui regard song as a kind of lingua franca of the intelligent universe. It is through song that experience with other living things is made intelligible and accessible to the human community. Deer songs often take the form of dialogues in which the deer and others in the wilderness world speak with one another or with the deer singers themselves. It is in this way, according to one deer singer, that “the wilderness world listens to itself even today.”   In this book authentic ceremonial songs, transcribed in both Yaqui and English, are the center of a fascinating discussion of the Deer Song tradition in Yaqui culture. Yaqui Deer Songs/Maso Bwikam thus enables non-Yaquis to hear these dialogues with the wilderness world for the first time.


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Winner of the American Folklore Society’s Chicago Folklore Prize   Yaqui regard song as a kind of lingua franca of the intelligent universe. It is through song that experience with other living things is made intelligible and accessible to the human community. Deer songs often take the form of dialogues in which the deer and others in the wilderness world speak with one an Winner of the American Folklore Society’s Chicago Folklore Prize   Yaqui regard song as a kind of lingua franca of the intelligent universe. It is through song that experience with other living things is made intelligible and accessible to the human community. Deer songs often take the form of dialogues in which the deer and others in the wilderness world speak with one another or with the deer singers themselves. It is in this way, according to one deer singer, that “the wilderness world listens to itself even today.”   In this book authentic ceremonial songs, transcribed in both Yaqui and English, are the center of a fascinating discussion of the Deer Song tradition in Yaqui culture. Yaqui Deer Songs/Maso Bwikam thus enables non-Yaquis to hear these dialogues with the wilderness world for the first time.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Rufussenex

    First off, the poetry makes me gasp in awe. Secondly, the translations are set side by side with the original, for easy and constant comparison. Notes explaining the translation process are given, as well. Thirdly, the authors take time to place the poems both in their own social context as well as that of the many outside societies that have been interpreting (and reinterpreting-and misinterpreting) them through the centuries. Thus, whether Spanish colonial, or American anthropological, or Moder First off, the poetry makes me gasp in awe. Secondly, the translations are set side by side with the original, for easy and constant comparison. Notes explaining the translation process are given, as well. Thirdly, the authors take time to place the poems both in their own social context as well as that of the many outside societies that have been interpreting (and reinterpreting-and misinterpreting) them through the centuries. Thus, whether Spanish colonial, or American anthropological, or Modernist poetic, the ways that the deer songs have been understood is fascinating, making me go off in all directions pondering the tentative nature of identity itself. As for me (my interpretation), what I find exciting is the power of poetry, myth, and ritual in keeping community/sanity alive within the grinding flux of history.

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