Sunday, April 04, 2004

Wilma and Annie-Francke brought home, among other literary treats, Touching the Distance: Native American Riddle-Poems edited by Brian Swann, and illustrated by Maria Rendon. For each riddle poem, there is a lovely photo of paint and collage (it would be called multimedia nowadays, wouldn't it?). Here are two that appealed instantly to me:

The first, from the Ten'a of Alaska:

We enter the water singing, and leave singing.


And the second, from the Koyukon:

Listen: someone is singing a lullaby to children in the other world.

I'll leave the answers in the comments section.

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