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We'll be in your mountains, we'll be in your songs : a Navajo woman sings / Ellen McCullough-Brabson and Marilyn Help ; foreword by David P. McAllester.

Author/creator McCullough-Brabson, Ellen
Other author/creatorHelp, Marilyn, 1956-
Format Audio (CD), Book, Print, and Musical Sound Recording
EditionFirst edition.
Publication InfoAlbuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, ©2001.
Descriptionxv, 170 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 29 cm + 1 audio disc (4 3/4 in. ; digital)
Contents The voice of Marilyn Help: a Navajo woman sings -- Roads of beauty and happiness -- The Navajo creation story -- Hózhó̧: Beauty in Navajo ceremonies and culture -- The long walk -- The meaning of corn -- Music of the Diné -- Navajo clans -- Livestock -- Hogans -- Traditions and customs -- Contemporary life -- Epilogue -- Appendix A: The Navajo language ; Appendix B: Motions for the song "Shí Naashá" ; Appendix C: Motions for the song "Náá diishoh" ; Appendix D. Motions for the song "Kiizh" ; Appendix E. Motions for the song, "Go, my son".
Contents Accompanying CD: Jóó Ashílá = Traveling together (1:09) -- Ada'ííztiin, Adahózhǫ́ǫ́ = Roads of beauty and happiness (0:55) -- Shikéyah Nízhonée Bínáashniih = Remembering my beautiful land (1:13) -- Ii hii yee, Ii hii yee = Feather dance song (1:07) -- Shí Naashá = I am going (0:54) -- Náá diishoh = Brush off the corn (1:20) -- Anįįd Nannáádą́ąga' = When you were young (1:43) -- Yo'oo' Eidoo-o' Hee Yee = A dance song (1:14) -- Łį́į́ Ch'éé Háánítóó = Looking for a horse (1:29) -- Kiizh = Spot (1:21) -- We Yaa Naa = Apache love song (1:08) -- Go, my son (1:57).
Abstract When the Holy People gave the Navajos the gift of music, they said, "We'll be in your mountains, we'll be in your songs." The collection of Navajo music and the accompanying recording is a remarkable collaboration between a university music professor and her one-time student, a traditional Navajo who teaches on the reservation. It is an in-depth examination of twelve Navajo social songs and includes rich, detailed explanations of the culture and customs that surround both contemporary and traditional Navajo music. Marilyn Help, crowned Miss Navajo in 1977, offers direct insight into what it is like to be a Navajo woman living within the challenges of a contemporary society. At the same time, she is a cultural beacon striving to pass on traditional Navajo ways to her family, students, and friends. This book also includes explanations of traditional Navajo dance steps, notations on hand movements for selected songs, a discography, and sources for recordings and videos. Accompanied by a CD of twelve songs sung by Marilyn Help, this book is designed for people of all ages seeking to celebrate Navajo music and culture.
General noteEach chapter includes the words and music of a Navajo song (also sung on accompanying compact disc) with English translations as needed.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 167-168), discography (page 169), and videography (page 170).
Performer Marilyn Help, vocals.
LCCN 00012571
ISBN0826322174 (cloth : alk. paper)

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Music Music Media - Ask at Circulation Desk CD-5601 ✔ Available Place Hold
Music Music Stacks ML3557 .M36 2001 ✔ Available Place Hold