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All Is Beautiful: The Navajo Creation Story

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United States

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Since the beginning of time, human beings have told the story of their own beginning, and of the origins of the four directions, the heavens,the God-People, the earth, and all its creatures. The Navajo People tell a story of great psychological power and depth. First recorded by 19th century ethnographers, the Navajo Creation story is here interpreted as an epic-length poem. Jabez L. Van Cleef has written poetic versions of spiritual texts from all of the world's great religious traditions. His voice in dramatic readings explores the fine distinctions between metered prose and music, by creating a spoken word sound environment that lulls the listener into a state of profound receptivity.

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English


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Podiobooks Outro via Patrick McLean

3/12/2007
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Duration: 00:00:17


Episode 16

3/12/2007
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The people discover that Coyote has hidden Big Water Creature's children in his robe. This was what caused the flood. After the babies are returned, one of the boy/girl twins dies. The people see the afterlife, through the hole to the fourth world. Poetry written and voiced by Jabez L. Van Cleef.

Duration: 00:05:03


Episode 15

3/12/2007
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The people leave the island. When they are on the far shore, Coyote teaches them that it is probably better if they don't live forever, and that someday each one dies. Poetry written and voiced by Jabez L. Van Cleef.

Duration: 00:04:52


Episode 14

3/12/2007
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Badger helps dig a burrow through the sky, so that the people can crawl through to the fifth world. They emerge on an island in the middle of a lake. Poetry written and voiced by Jabez L. Van Cleef.

Duration: 00:04:46


Episode 13

3/12/2007
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An Old Man, a Young Man, and a Locust spread seven bags of sacred soil on the hilltop. Then they plant a cluster of reeds, which grow together. The people climb inside the reeds, and are lifted away from the rising waters. Badger helps dig a burrow through the sky, so that the people can crawl through to the fifth world. They emerge on an island in the middle of a lake. Poetry written and voiced by Jabez L. Van Cleef.

Duration: 00:05:20


Episode 12

3/12/2007
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The peaceful world becomes suddenly chaotic, as all the animals flee in terror, and the people hear of great floods approaching them from all directions. The people gather at the top of a hill to escape the water. They plant different kinds of trees, hoping to find one that will grow fast enough to help them escape upwards into the sky. Poetry written and voiced by Jabez L. Van Cleef.

Duration: 00:04:37


Episode 11

3/12/2007
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How Big Water Creature kidnaps two girls, and the Gods help their parents to rescue them; and how Coyote the Trickster sneaks in, and takes Big Water Creature's children away. Poetry written and voiced by Jabez L. Van Cleef.

Duration: 00:03:55


Episode 7

3/12/2007
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First Man and First Woman have children. With the help of the Gods, the people plant, they grow, they make useful things, and they learn to hunt. In time, they intermarry with the Mirage People. Poetry written and voiced by Jabez L. Van Cleef.

Duration: 00:07:16


Episode 6

3/12/2007
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Holy Men, Spirit Gods, come to the fourth world, where they create First Man and First Woman in a Dancing Ceremony. Look in the skin of your fingertips, to see how the wind blew 'round them! Poetry written and voiced by Jabez L. Van Cleef.

Duration: 00:07:05


Episode 5

3/12/2007
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In the fifth chapter, the air spirit people come into the fourth world, which is a mixture of black and white. They find people there who know how to grow things and cultivate the soil. They resolve to settle down and behave themselves, in order to avoid another banishment.

Duration: 00:05:29


Episode 4

3/12/2007
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In the fourth chapter, the air spirit people come into the third world, a world of yellow. They live in peace for a while with the locust-people; but then there is another betrayal, and they are driven back into the sky.

Duration: 00:04:22


Episode 3

3/12/2007
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In the third chapter, the air spirit people come into the second world, a world of blue. They live in peace for a while with the swallow-people; but then they betray them, and they are driven back into the sky.

Duration: 00:06:15


Episode 2

3/12/2007
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In the second chapter, the air spirit people wear out their welcome in the first world (by having sex with the wives of the people there), and are driven away into the sky by the approach of a great flood of waters.

Duration: 00:03:39


Episode 1

3/12/2007
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In the first chapter, the Air Spirit people - dragonflies, bats, locusts, and others - search the surface of the First World, and find the names of the chiefs in four directions: "One Who Grabs Things in the Water," "Blue Heron," "The Frog One," and "Winter Thunder."

Duration: 00:05:12