By Irvin Morris
The Din?, or Navajo, construction tale says there have been 4 worlds sooner than this, the Glittering global. For the present-day Din? it is a global of glittering expertise and affects from outdoors the sacred land entrusted to them by way of the Holy humans. From the Glittering international conveys in bright language how a modern Din? author reviews this international as a mingling of the profoundly conventional with the occasionally jarringly, occasionally alluringly new."Throughout the booklet, Morris’s command of a crisp unpretentious prose is so much impressive…His sort is so low-key that he infrequently seems attempting to be ’artistic,’ but the cumulative impact of those items is kind of robust. For Morris’s attractive descriptions of the distant Navajo reservation this e-book merits to be at the shelf of someone monitoring the literature of the Southwest."-Western American Literature"Beginning with the Navajo production tale and finishing with the summation of every little thing in among, Morris indicates a major agility in leaping from fact to delusion, from now to then, and from what's to what may need been."-The Sunday Oklahoman"In From the Glittering international, Irvin Morris has woven a wondrous and occasionally terrifying weave of reports established within the Navajo event. . . . Irvin Morris’ robust kind, his vibrant imagery, his deft dealing with of complicated constructions, and his deep wisdom of Navajo culture mix to supply a piece as robust and enduring as Leslie Marmon Silko’s Storyteller and N. Scott Momaday’s The Names. With From the Glittering global, Irvin Morris has joined the ranks of serious modern authors."-Telluride Times-Journal
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A magic shell was tossed onto a body of water; if it floated, the people would live forever; if it sank, each person would eventually die. The object floated and the people rejoiced, but then Coyote tossed a second stone into the water. It sank, and the people wailed. Then Coyote said, "If we do not die, we shall soon overrun the world. There will be no room for us all" The people saw the wisdom of his words and reluctantly agreed. One morning not long afterward, they noticed that one of the Nádleeh had stopped breathing.
It happened a long time ago, they say. In the beginning there was only darkness, with sky above and water below. Then by some mysterious and holy means, sky and water came together. When they touched, that's when everything began. That was the First World, which was like an island floating in a sea of mist. It was red in color and it was an ancient place. There were no people living there, only Nílch'i Dine'é, who existed in spiritual form. They could travel like the wind. There were also Hashch'ééh Dine'é, the Holy People, whose form and beauty we have inherited.
The people gathered in a large circle, they say. Then the hataalii prayed and sang until a coyote appeared and entered the circle. A piece of turquoise was placed under his tongue and he was asked to reveal the truth. In whichever direction he left the circle, that was where our fate would take us. It is said that he ran toward the west, in the direction of our homeland. Today, at noon, it is rumored there is to be another meeting between our headmen and the bilagáanaa leaders. Manuelito, Barboncito, Ganado Mucho, and other nat'áanii will speak for us.
From the Glittering World: a Navajo story by Irvin Morris