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The Serpent's Tongue:
Prose, Poetry, and Art of the New Mexican Pueblos

by Willa Cather, Frank Hamilton Cushing, Tony Hillerman, Oliver La Farge, Oliver Littlebird, Barry Lopez, Leslie Marmon Silko, Simon J. Ortiz, Joe S. Sando

ISBN 0525455140 / 9780525455141 / 0-525-45514-0
Publisher Dutton
Language English
Edition Hardcover
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This peerless compendium, voted best nonfiction book of the year by the Mountains and Plains Booksellers' Association, pays tribute to one of North America's most enduring cultures, offering a rich sampling of works by noted Pueblo and non-native scholars, writers, and artists. Carefully selected from an exhaustive catalog of sources, the more than one hundred text selections include works of prose, poetry, autobiography, and historical narrative. Seventy-five unusual illustrations--from a rare drawing by D. H. Lawrence to striking portraits by photographer Edward S. Curtis and the brilliantly colorful paintings of Pablita Velarde and Helen Hardin--illuminate life in the pueblos, recording ceremonies, symbols, and spaces.Lavishly designed in five colors, this eminently readable volume offers a story and mood for everyone and an authentic introduction to the cultural legacy of the ancient peoples of the Southwest. Fully annotated with bibliography, source notes, maps, and biographical entries, and with an inviting thematic organization for the casual reader, this beautiful book will find a permanent place in homes, libraries, and collections across the country.Contributors include: Paula Gunn AllenWilla CatherFrank Hamilton CushingTony HillermanOliver la FargeHarold LittlebirdBarry LopezSimon J. OrtizJoe S. Sando. [via]