Journeys Home: Revealing a Zuni-Appalachia Collaboration

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Dudley Cocke, Donna Porterfield, Edward Wemytewa
Zuni A:shiwi Pub., 2002 - Drama - 106 pages
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Sixteen hundred miles separate Zuni's Corn Mountain, in western New Mexico, and Appalachia's Pine Mountain, in eastern Kentucky. But both these rural communities are so off the beaten track that they are places where people still tell stories directly to one another. This remarkable book tells the story of how Kentucky's Roadside Theater inspired and then collaborated with Zuni Pueblo's Idiwanan An Chawe (Children of the Middle Place), the first Zuni language theater. Together, the two theater companies created a bilingual play, "Corn Mountain/Pine Mountain: Following the Seasons," which toured nationally. Included in this book, the play uses traditional and original stories, oral histories, humor, music, and dance to celebrate and comment upon two agricultural ways of life that once provided physical and spiritual sustenance for people in Zuni and Appalachia. The Zuni language was exclusively oral until a written form of the language was developed in the 1970s. The Zuni writing inJourneys Homeis the most inclusive example of written Zuni extant, and the book, with the accompanying CD, will become a primary text for teaching written Zuni.

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Contents

Foreword by Gregory Cajete
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we by Wilfred Eriacho
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AppalachiaHistorical Background by the editors
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