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Among the Navajo - A Journey into the In Between

From: Egon Koch
Length: 54:55

The Native American tribe is caught between their traditions and modern life.

Navajoreservation_small The Navajos are the largest Native American tribe in North America. They live in northern Arizona and New Mexico, caught between their traditions and modern life. Within, the people have to reconcile opposing cultures. Although they are faced with dominating Western values on the reservation, a minority of them try to maintain their own culture, language, and religion. It still is difficult for Native Americans to find their place in the American society. During his travels on the reservation, the author met some politically and culturally engaged Navajos, and he had the opportunity to participate in a religious ceremony. The german version was aired in Germany: Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004, 11:05 – 12:00 AM, Norddeutscher Rundfunk Hamburg

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The Navajos are the largest Native American tribe in North America. They live in northern Arizona and New Mexico, caught between their traditions and modern life. Within, the people have to reconcile opposing cultures. Although they are faced with dominating Western values on the reservation, a minority of them try to maintain their own culture, language, and religion. It still is difficult for Native Americans to find their place in the American society. During his travels on the reservation, the author met some politically and culturally engaged Navajos, and he had the opportunity to participate in a religious ceremony. The german version was aired in Germany: Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004, 11:05 – 12:00 AM, Norddeutscher Rundfunk Hamburg

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Your piece was very insightful. I wish I could have heard all the music recorded especially by medicine man kee wagner - the god over here. Do you know how i can download.

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Review of Among the Navajo - A Journey into the In Between

I really enjoyed the native feel to this program. It is up to date and many native people can relate to the subject detailed in this program

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Review of Among the Navajo - A Journey into the In Between

This is a good piece, ending up much an indictment of modern culture as it is a picture of problems on the reservation. The perspective is not unusual -- the government has torn the culture of the Navajo from it's roots through the original chemical weapon (alcohol), Christianity, boarding schools and relentless modernization. There are problems on the reservation, but it's not easy to come to a single conclusion. This piece feels more like an introduction to the problem than an introduction to a solution to the problem. That's okay. It appears to be aimed at a European, or at least eastern US audience, and it is necessary to get this perspective.

I gave this piece a 3 instead of a 4 because there are many areas where the interviews are nearly inaudible. I struggled to hear them at all (the medicine man, for one). For PD's interested in this piece, I recommend dusting off whatever dynamic processors you have to bring up the volume of these interviews.

Broadcast History

The german version was aired in Germany: Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004, 11:05 – 12:00 AM, Norddeutscher Rundfunk Hamburg

Transcript

Among the Navajo
A Journey into the In Between
by
Egon Koch
Translation
Birgit Buss
Cast
Narrator
Commentator
Voice over
Duration: 55 minutes
Production:
German Version
Norddeutscher Rundfunk
Hamburg, 2004
English Version
Tonkopf Hamburg, 2004

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Atmo / Music 1: (Leroy Nelson & Son)
Navajo Song: (1´)

Directions: Voice over Atmo/Music 1

Voice over:
“I came a long way. Today that's where I am; a lot of goodness is
surrounding me, I want to grow from here. I want to grow, I want
to continue life. This way forward into the future life exists for me;
I want things better for me,” this is what the song says. It's a
travel song, it helps you to travel in a good way. (0´20´´)

Announcement:
Among the Navajo
A Journey into the In Between
By Egon Koch

Atmo 1: Car (inside recording: car driving on dirtroad)
Car door slams, engine starts, sounds of controls,...
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Musical Works

Music 1: (Traditional Navajo Song) (0´25´´)

Music 2: (Traditional Navajo Song) (0´15´´)

Music 3: (Peyote; Leroy Nelson) (0´35´´)

Music 4:(Peyote) (0´25´´)

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Related Website

http://www.egonkoch.de