From the Glittering World: A Navajo Story

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University of Oklahoma Press, Feb 1, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 257 pages
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The Diné, or Navajo, creation story says there were four worlds before this, the Glittering World. For the present-day Diné this is a world of glittering technology and influences from outside the sacred land entrusted to them by the Holy People. From the Glittering World conveys in vivid language how a contemporary Diné writer experiences this world as a mingling of the profoundly traditional with the sometimes jarringly, sometimes alluringly new.

"Throughout the book, Morris’s command of a crisp unpretentious prose is most impressive…His style is so low-key that he hardly seems to be trying to be ’artistic,’ yet the cumulative effect of these pieces is quite powerful. For Morris’s beautiful descriptions of the remote Navajo reservation this book deserves to be on the shelf of anyone tracking the literature of the Southwest."-Western American Literature

"Beginning with the Navajo creation story and ending with the summation of everything in between, Morris shows an incredible agility in jumping from truth to myth, from now to then, and from what is to what might have been."-The Sunday Oklahoman

"In From the Glittering World, Irvin Morris has woven a wondrous and sometimes terrifying weave of stories centered in the Navajo experience. . . . Irvin Morris’ strong style, his vivid imagery, his deft handling of complex structures, and his deep knowledge of Navajo tradition combine to produce a work as powerful and enduring as Leslie Marmon Silko’s Storyteller and N. Scott Momaday’s The Names. With From the Glittering World, Irvin Morris has joined the ranks of great contemporary authors."-Telluride Times-Journal

 

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Contents

Hajiinei The emergence
3
Bilagaanaa bi sildo
17
Dine bi naataanii
27
Shikeyah My homeland
33
Keehashtinigii Where I live
43
Maii jool dlooshi Peripatetic Coyote
49
Shichei bighandi
55
Anaa Enemies
63
Naanish Work
139
Yootoodi olta
147
Toniteel biighadi olta
153
Dookooosliid
165
Halgaii hateel The Great Plains
177
Terra Incognita
187
The Snake of Light
195
Squatters
211

everlasting summer
71
to the land of everlasting summer
85
Tsehili
99
Oof7 It is being carried
113
Shilii My horse
131
August
219
The Hyatt the Maori
235
Meat and the Man
245
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About the author (2000)

Irvin Morris , a member of the Tobaahi clan of the Navajo Nation, is Professor of American Indian Studies and English at the University of Arizona, Tucson.

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