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From a Shaman's Notebook - Primitive and Archaic Poetry: Arranged by Jerome Rothenberg

Various Artists
From a Shaman's Notebook - Primitive and Archaic Poetry: Arranged by Jerome Rothenberg

“From a Shaman’s Notebook – Primitive and Archaic Poetry” is a collection of 23 poems from a variety of sources from Native American, African, Australian, and Pacific Islander societies. The poetry falls into two general themes: “Spells and Charms” and “Rites and Visions.” The spells and charms vary from poisoned arrows to plant tinctures, and the rites and visions describe rituals for marriages, circumcision, and death. Read by Jerome Rothenberg, David Antin, Jackson MacLow, and Rochelle Owens, these works provide insights into the traditions and beliefs that define their cultures.

Liner notes include poem texts.

Track Listing

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Spells and Charms: How Isaac Tens Became a Shaman (Gitksan Indian) n/a 3:27
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102
Spells and Charms: A Shaman Climbs Up the Sky (Altaic) n/a 2:51
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103
Spells and Charms: A Poison Arrow (Nigeria) n/a 1:06
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104
Spells and Charms: For a Sudden Stitch (Anglo-Saxon) n/a 1:22
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105
Spells and Charms: The Killer (Cherokee Indian) n/a 0:48
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106
Spells and Charms: Cannibal Song / Against Wens / Against Syphillis (Cobu, New Guinea) n/a 2:44
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Spells and Charms: Nine Herbs Charm (Anglo-Saxon) n/a 3:37
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108
Spells and Charms: Rain Song (Keresan Indian) n/a 0:46
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109
Spells and Charms: Songs in the Garden of the House God (Navajo) n/a 1:20
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110
Spells and Charms: Flower Feast Song (Aztec) n/a 3:05
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Rites and Visions: Circumcision Rite (Arnehm Land, Australia) n/a 0:56
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202
Rites and Visions: Songs of the Masked Dancers (Apache) n/a 2:04
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203
Rites and Visions: Marriage Rites (Arnehm Land, Australia) n/a 1:07
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204
Rites and Visions: Night Chant (Navajo) n/a 4:03
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205
Rites and Visions: The Forest (Aztec) n/a 3:58
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206
Rites and Visions: The Annunciation (Tibet) n/a 0:49
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207
Rites and Visions: Smohalla Speaks (American Indian) n/a 1:02
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208
Rites and Visions: Songs of the Ghost Dance Religion (American Indian) n/a 1:12
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209
Rites and Visions: The Light Becomes Dark (Gabon Pygmy) n/a 0:42
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210
Rites and Visions: Those Were People Who Broke the String n/a 0:34
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Rites and Visions: The Surrender Speech of Chief Joseph (American Indian) n/a 0:59
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212
Rites and Visions: Dead Hunter Speaks through the Voice of a Shaman (Copper Eskimo) n/a 1:30
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Rites and Visions: The Gates of Dan Are Shut (Gabon Pygmy) n/a 0:59

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