The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Native-Americana of Edward S. Curtis #1

Klamath woman (1924)

1 comment :

Jay River said...

If you love the works of Edward S. Curtis, you will surely be interested in a new documentary on his works.

THE INDIAN PICTURE OPERA, is a re-creation of the original Curtis magic lantern show and lecture of 1911-1912. The DVD of this can be found on Amazon. It is an awesome production that goes way beyond the photos.