Mountain Chant of the Navaho
This is a nine days' ceremony of healing, dramatizing the myth of the Navaho tribal history. It has been described at great length by Dr. Washington Mathews, in the Fifth Ethnological Report (pub. 1887), pp. 385-467.
Natalie Curtis records one song from the MOUNTAIN CHANT in her Indians' Book, p. 408. This I have used in the following routine, based exactly on the DOLL DANCE which I saw at Gallup in the August of 1927.
Miss Curtis gives the following legend as the basis of the ceremony:
The song is sung in two stanzas, identical, except that the first stanza pertains to the male divinity, and the second to the female. In the second stanza, substitute "she" for "he."
SONG FROM THE MOUNTAIN CHANT
Thereof he telleth,
Now of the Holy Youth,
Moccasins decked with black,
And richly broidered dress,
Arm-bands of eagle feathers,
And now the rain-plumes,
Now of the Male-Rain,
Now of the rain-drops fallen,
Now of the Unending Life,
Now of Unchanging Joy,
Thereof he telleth.
The Male-Rain is the heavy storm-rain, with lightning and thunder; the Female-Rain is the gentle shower. Both kinds of rain are prized in sickness for their cooling power.
Ka' ka pa-stran-a,
Ka' bi datro-e,
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