From the Glittering World: a Navajo story by Irvin Morris

By Irvin Morris

The Din?, or Navajo, production tale says there have been 4 worlds ahead of this, the Glittering international. For the present-day Din? it is a global of glittering know-how and affects from open air the sacred land entrusted to them by way of the Holy humans. From the Glittering global conveys in brilliant language how a modern Din? author studies this international as a mingling of the profoundly conventional with the occasionally jarringly, occasionally alluringly new."Throughout the publication, Morris’s command of a crisp unpretentious prose is such a lot impressive…His type is so low-key that he infrequently appears to be like attempting to be ’artistic,’ but the cumulative influence of those items is kind of robust. For Morris’s appealing descriptions of the distant Navajo reservation this publication merits to be at the shelf of a person monitoring the literature of the Southwest."-Western American Literature"Beginning with the Navajo construction tale and finishing with the summation of every little thing in among, Morris exhibits a big agility in leaping from fact to fantasy, from now to then, and from what's to what may have been."-The Sunday Oklahoman"In From the Glittering international, Irvin Morris has woven a wondrous and infrequently terrifying weave of news founded within the Navajo adventure. . . . Irvin Morris’ robust type, his bright imagery, his deft dealing with of advanced buildings, and his deep wisdom of Navajo culture mix to provide a piece as robust and enduring as Leslie Marmon Silko’s Storyteller and N. Scott Momaday’s The Names. With From the Glittering global, Irvin Morris has joined the ranks of significant modern authors."-Telluride Times-Journal

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From the point of their union sprang two beings now known as Coyote and Badger, the children of the sky. Their arrival portended both good and bad things for the people. The people prospered for many years, but one day First Woman and First Man had an argument. First Page 9 Man was a great hunter and provided much food, but First Woman made an ungrateful remark that insulted and greatly angered First Man. He left her and went to the other side of the fire and remained there all night. In the morning First Man called together all the men and told them about First Woman's insult.

Sacred springs have dried up. <><><><><><><><><><><><> Náhookos. To the north is a sea of grass sloping down from the mountain foothills to the San Juan River, the northern boundary of our homeland. The river itself is hidden below the level of the plains, in a narrow valley choked with cottonwood, tamarisk, Russian olive, and Siberian elm. It is the best agricultural land on the reservation, known for abundant harvests of sweet melons and white and yellow corn. Midway between the river and the mountains rises Tsébit'a'ii, the Winged Rock.

S. Highway 666, a half-mile east of my home and a mile east of the Chuska foothills. Local church groups are agitating to have the number assigned to the highway changed. They blame the cipher 666 for the numerous accidents on the highwaynever mind that the reservation is dry and that the highway links two border towns where alcohol is sold. In the village there is a public elementary school and teacherage, a Christian Reformed Church mission, a Catholic church and bingo hall, a trading post, a telephone switching station, water tower, tribal meeting hall, senior citizen's center, tribal police substation, laundromat, greenhouse, low-rent apartments, and Page 45 a cluster of ranch-style HUD houses.

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