Golden UFOs:  The Indian Poems

Golden UFOs: The Indian Poems

Los ovnis de oro: Poemas indios
Ernesto Cardenal
Translated by Carlos and Monique Altschul. Edited with an Introduction and Glossary by Russell O. Salmon
Distribution: World
Publication date: 5/1/1992
Format: paper 0 pages
6 x 9.125
ISBN: 978-0-253-20677-0
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In 1898 Tahirassawichi went to Washington
“only to speak about religion”
(as he told the American government)
only to preserve the prayers.
And the Capitol did not impress him.”
—from “Tahirassawichi in Washington”

Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaraguan poet, priest, and revolutionary, foresees a new order for humanity. Here in his Indian poems, Father Cardenal interweaves myth, legend, history, and contemporary reality to speak to many subjects, including the assaults on the Iroquois Nation, the political and cultural life of ancient Mexico, the Ghost Dance movement, the disappearance of the buffalo, U.S. policy during the Vietnam War, and human rights in Central America. Each text is rich with history, poetry, and spiritual insight.

This bilingual edition is the only complete collection of Father Cardenal’s Indian poems in either Spanish or English. Cardenal has checked and approved the translations and the glossary of cultural and historical referents.

“Of epic proportions . . . The literal translation conveys the epigrammic style and didactic, political message. . . . Of timely interest.” —Library Journal

“Priest and Nicaraguan revolutionary as well as poet, Cardenal epitomizes what makes literature live in Central America today. His poems are both sonorous and accessible, political and mystical.” —Booklist

“ . . . a spectacular work . . .” —Books of the South West

Author Bio

ERNESTO CARDENAL, poet, priest, and revolutionary, foresees a new order for humanity. Early on, his opposition to the Nicaraguan dictator Somoza nearly cost him his life. With Thomas Merton’s encouragement, he began his studies of Native American culture and history. He was later Minister of Culture in the Sandinista government. MONIQUE ALTSCHUL completed a thesis on Melville under Jorge Luis Borges and has taught at Iowa State University. Her Mitominas is a multimedia women’s project. CARLOS ATLSCHUL, a psychologist, teaches at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. His essays on James Joyce have appeared in Sur.

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Table of Contents


INTRODUCTION

LOS OVNIS DO ORO
GOLDEN UFOS

NELE KANTULE
NELE OF KANTULE

ENTREVISTA CON EL CACIQUE YABILIGUINA
INTERVIEW WITH CACIQUE YABILIGUINA

LA TIERRA QUE DIOS NOS ENTREGO
THE LAND GOD GAVE US

SIERRA NEVADA
SIERRA NEVADA

LOS YARUROS
THE YARUROS

LA ARCADIA PERIDIDA
LOST ARCADIA

LOS HIJOS DEL BOSQUE DE LAS PALABRAS-ALMAS
THE SONS OF THE FOREST OF THE WORDS-SOULS

KAYANERENHKOWA
KAYANERENHKOWA

TAHIRASSAWICHI EN WASHINGTON
TAHIRASSAWICHI IN WASHINGTON

MARCHAS PAWNEES
PAWNEE MARCHES

LA DANZA DEL ESPIRITU
THE GHOST DANCE

GRABACIONES DE LA PIPA SAGRADA
THE SACRED PIPE RECORDINGS

CANTARES MEXICANOS I II III IV V VI VII
MEXICAN SONGS I II III IV V VI VII

NEZAHUALCOYOTL
NEZAHUALCOYATL

LOS TLAMATINIMES
THE TLAMATINIMES

IN XOCHITL IN CUICATL
IN XOCHITL IN CUICATL

QUETZALCOATL
ZUETZALCOATL

LA NINA NAHUATL
THE NAHUATL GIRL

MILPA
MILPA

LA CARRETERA
CAUSEWAY

BAJO EL COMAL NEGRO
UNDER THE BLACK COMAL

LAS CIUDADES PERDIDAS
LOST CITIES

MAYAPAN
MAYAPAN

KATUN 11 AHAU
KATUN 11 AHAU

8 AHAU
8 AHAU

ARDILLA DE LOS TUNES DE UN KATUN
SQUIRREL OF THE TUNS OF A KATUN

ORACULOS DE TIKAL (DE UN AH KIN DE KU)
ORACLES OF TIKAL (FROM AN AH KIN OF KU)

ECONOMIA DE TAHUANTINSUYU
THE ECONOMY OF AHUANTINSUYU

EL SECRETO DE MACHU-PICCHU
THE SECRET OF MACHU PICCHU

GLOSSARY