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Saanii Dahataat: The Women Are Singing : Poems and Stories (Sun Tracks, Vol 23) Paperback – January 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 95 pages
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press; First Edition edition (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816513619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816513611
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #884,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Navajo poet and English professor Tapahonso here celebrates the importance of conversation and the spoken word among her people. Driving back and forth between her parents' home in Shiprock, New Mexico, and her current home in Lawrence, Kansas, this gifted writer recalls snatches of family memories and tribal stories through the intermingled forms of poetry, songs, prayers, and anecdotes. Ranging across Navajo history, this collection in English and Navajo is warm and witty. Tapahonso states that for people like herself who live away from their homelands, "writing is the means for... restoring our spirits to the state of hozho , or beauty, which is the basis of Navajo philosophy." This book is a clear reflection of that sentiment. Recommended for most collections.
- Lisa A. Mitten, Univ. of Pittsburgh Lib.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"These stories, simple on the surface, are enormous and resonant. . . . Luci Tapahonso writes the world into balance and harmony, she writes homesickness away." —Parabola"The stories and poems of this book come from a place of long horizons and a huge sky. . . . Luci Tapahonso lovingly uses memory and story to put back the world with a faith in what is gone, but not lost" —Weber Studies"A music that rises from deep roots." —Beloit Poetry Journal"Ms. Tapahonso speaks the observed and spiritual world into existence." —The New York Times Book Review"There is no real distinction between her long-lined, exploratory 'poems' and dense, metaphorically rich 'essays.' Both capture the voice of a storyteller steeped in traditional ways but fluent as well in contemporary expression....Tapahonso provides us with a true bridge to her culture and its spiritual insights." —Booklist

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1997
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Luci Tapahonso's voice is one of the most beautiful in contemporary Native American literature. Her poetry usually revolves around family, community, interpersonal relationships -- those things which my dear uncle says are the only things that really matter in this life anyway. When reading this volume, you will get the feeling that you are sitting at the kitchen table with Luci, her family and your family, listening to old stories, new stories, gossip and adventures. SAANII DAHATAAL also contains one of her most popular poems, "Raisin Eyes" -- and ladies, be honest...we've all been in Ella's shoes!! Try this book, and you'll love it -- then try Ms. Tapahonso's other books, and you will be an admirer forever. Her newest, BLUE HORSES RUSH IN, is probably her best collection ever, although this one is certainly no sloucher! Read this book, and you'll never regret buying it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ARod18007 on June 28, 2012
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I was wary at first about this collection of poems and stories (it was assigned for a class and it didn't seem appealing) but it ended up being one of my favorites from the course! Tapahonso has a way with words. Her stories were my favorite and left me thinking about things greater than the collection. This is a great opening for Native American literature, if you're new to the field. The stories and poems flow well together and make a well fitting collection. Even though I bought this book for a class, it's one of my favorites and I kept it instead of selling it back. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raven on May 9, 2014
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The poems, stories, images and feelings expressed in this small book are treasures for a lifetime. Real life is most interesting as portrayed in this way.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catrease on May 24, 2013
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The book came on time and it was in great condition. It was good! I loved it! Great book. Well done!
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