The Navajo Creation Story
Written by Paul G. Zolbrod
This is the most complete version of the Navajo creation story to appear in English since the publication of Washington Matthews’s Navajo Legends in 1897. Paul G. Zolbrod’s new translation attempts to render the power and delicacy of the oral story telling performance on the page. His use of poetic English idiom appropriate to the Navajo oral tradition gives us a translation that a retains the social and religious significance of the original stories. He has worked with archival materials including transcriptions of early twentieth-century Navajo performances, and he has talked with Navajo elders who helped him to salavge portions of the creation story that might otherwise disappear.
Diné bahane’ The Navajo Creation Story