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.
Episode 16 - All Is Beautiful: The Navajo Creation Story
-In this episode: 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
Episode 15 - All Is Beautiful: The Navajo Creation Story
-In this episode: 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.
Episode 14 - All Is Beautiful: The Navajo Creation Story
-In this episode: 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.
Episode 13 - All Is Beautiful: The Navajo Creation Story
-In this episode: 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
Episode 12 - All Is Beautiful: The Navajo Creation Story
-In this episode: 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,
Episode 11 - All Is Beautiful: The Navajo Creation Story
-In this episode: 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.
A True Story Teller
Wonderful Story Telling at its very best.
I was so enchanted by this story that I stayed up and listened all night.
The narrator has fantastic voice with an easy and constant pace easy for the "reader" to enjoy.
Leaving my home and entering the Authors world was a real treat. Thank you!