Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Cries and Whispers from the Salt Song Trail
by Derek Chan
Derek Chan's book Cries and Whispers from the Salt Song Trail tells of his journey to Four Corners in the Southwest of the U.S. Along with a handwritten narrative recounting his experiences, Chan's drawings convey a myriad of impressions and emotions encountered on this trek. The stories he captures testify to people's daily lives, their historical struggles, beliefs, and current endeavours.
Chan states: "This book is inspired by a desire to understand the indigenous people of the area, with emphasis on the Hopi Mesas, Navajo Territory, Black Mesa, and Canyon De Chelly... I wanted to see what I could discover about the sacred sites through local and oral histories...For many religions, pilgrimage is an important devotional practice. Travel is a form of meditation."
Excerpt: "Santiago is an M.C. He plays me a song off his cell phone from his Myspace music page. Myspace is one tool Santiago uses to reach out to other youth on the Res. Across the street is the Tuba City Skate Park. Santiago, Jordan, and Gary all hang out here. Santiago tells me he is learning Navajo basket weaving from one of his elders. He tells me this information is passed down generationally."
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