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Songs have an important place in all our lives. Gathered here form the traditions of many different tribal peoples are dozens of songs, both joyful & solemn, which reveal a spirit of celebration & a reverence for the world that are universal. There are songs for special occasions -- a harvest song from the Quechua of South America, a singing game from the Khon Thai of Asia, & a naming song from the Tewa of North America And there are songs that honor the Earth & express worry about its fragility -- the Yoruba of Africa sing, ''Enjoy the earth gently, for if the earth is spoiled, it cannot be repaired.'' The beautiful rhythms & language of these songs make them perfect for reading aloud, but they can also be enjoyed in moments of quiet reflection.
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Attractive in its presentation, this British import, an anthology of songs and chants from the tribal peoples of six continents, may exert its strongest appeal to elementary school teachers looking for supplemental texts about tribal cultures. The entries are divided into songs about "beginnings," those that venerate the "living world," those that discuss the elements and those that celebrate survival. Siegen-Smith samples an impressive range of sources; there are a dozen peoples from Africa alone. Lodge, meanwhile, works in a unified style, supplying lino-cuts that seem generally primitivist but are specific to no one culture. A repeated line of tiny figures dances across the bottom of each page while individual prints, faintly reminiscent of cave art or museum artifacts, embellish given songs. An entry grouped under "The Living World," for example, a children's game from Thailand? "Crocodile! Crocodile!... You can't bite us!"?is illustrated with a design of bright yellow and green outlined in black, in the shape of a river crocodile, while a footnote explains the riverside game of tag that the chant typically accompanies. The volume includes an introduction and appendix written by Stephen Corry, director of Survival International?to which proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated?that discusses the importance of songs in all cultures and the location and customs of various tribal groups. Ages 8-up.
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A handsomely packaged collection of lyrics and proverbs, subtitled ``Songs and Chants From Tribal Peoples Around the World,'' gathered from several dozen endangered cultures. Loosely grouped by subject, most of the selections are celebratory: ``I lift my voice like the burning incense of flowers,'' sings an Aztec poet; to an African Dinka, ``My bull is white like the silver fish in the river.'' For an Inuit, ``only one thing/is great;/to see from my home/the day coming. . . .'' Planting songs, lullabies, and children's chants are connected to familiar activities; others, such as the New Guinea ``Cycle of A'Asia''--``Aia sitting seated/sitting forever/Aia living alive/living forever . . .''--are pretty words, removed from context. Lodge's colored linocuts have a naive look that suggests tribal art without evoking any specific culture's style; equally evocative is a running frieze of tiny figures along the bottoms of pages created by Cica Fitipaldi to decorate Brazil's Yanomami Park. Despite scattered glosses and a brief note at the end, readers infer only hints of each culture's individual character, but the universal sense that Earth is powerful in some ways and fragile in others comes through clearly. (Anthology/folklore. 6-10) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Diane Pub Co, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. First edition.. Seller Inventory # SONG0756794048