In 1898 Tahirassawichi went to Washington"only to speak about religion" (as he told the American government) only to preserve the prayers.And the Capitol did not impress him." -- from "Tahirassawichi in Washington"
Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaraguan poet, priest, and revolutionary, foresees a new order for humanity. Here in his Indian poems, Father Cardenal interweaves myth, legend, history, and contemporary reality to speak to many subjects, including the assaults on the Iroquois Nation, the political and cultural life of ancient Mexico, the Ghost Dance movement, the disappearance of the buffalo, U.S. policy during the Vietnam War, and human rights in Central America. Each text is rich with history, poetry, and spiritual insight.
This bilingual edition is the only complete collection of Father Cardenal's Indian poems in either Spanish or English. Cardenal has checked and approved the translations and the glossary of cultural and historical referents.
"Of epic proportions... The literal translation conveys the epigrammic style and didactic, political message.... Of timely interest."A -- Library Journal
"Priest and Nicaraguan revolutionary as well as poet, Cardenal epitomizes what makes literature live in Central America today. His poems are both sonorous and accessible, political and mystical." -- Booklist
..". a spectacular work..." -- Books of the South West
INTRODUCTION LOS OVNIS DO ORO GOLDEN UFOS NELE KANTULE NELE OF KANTULE ENTREVISTA CON EL CACIQUE YABILIGUINA INTERVIEW WITH CACIQUE YABILIGUINA LA TIERRA QUE DIOS NOS ENTREGO THE LAND GOD GAVE US SIERRA NEVADA SIERRA NEVADA LOS YARUROS THE YARUROS LA ARCADIA PERIDIDA LOST ARCADIA LOS HIJOS DEL BOSQUE DE LAS PALABRAS-ALMAS THE SONS OF THE FOREST OF THE WORDS-SOULS KAYANERENHKOWA KAYANERENHKOWA TAHIRASSAWICHI EN WASHINGTON TAHIRASSAWICHI IN WASHINGTON MARCHAS PAWNEES PAWNEE MARCHES LA DANZA DEL ESPIRITU THE GHOST DANCE GRABACIONES DE LA PIPA SAGRADA THE SACRED PIPE RECORDINGS CANTARES MEXICANOS I II III IV V VI VII MEXICAN SONGS I II III IV V VI VII NEZAHUALCOYOTL NEZAHUALCOYATL LOS TLAMATINIMES THE TLAMATINIMES IN XOCHITL IN CUICATL IN XOCHITL IN CUICATL QUETZALCOATL ZUETZALCOATL LA NINA NAHUATL THE NAHUATL GIRL MILPA MILPA LA CARRETERA CAUSEWAY BAJO EL COMAL NEGRO UNDER THE BLACK COMAL LAS CIUDADES PERDIDAS LOST CITIES MAYAPAN MAYAPAN KATUN 11 AHAU KATUN 11 AHAU 8 AHAU 8 AHAU ARDILLA DE LOS TUNES DE UN KATUN SQUIRREL OF THE TUNS OF A KATUN ORACULOS DE TIKAL (DE UN AH KIN DE KU) ORACLES OF TIKAL (FROM AN AH KIN OF KU) ECONOMIA DE TAHUANTINSUYU THE ECONOMY OF AHUANTINSUYU EL SECRETO DE MACHU-PICCHU THE SECRET OF MACHU PICCHU GLOSSARY