The Walam Olum with: Ephemera. Joe Napora.
The Walam Olum with: Ephemera
The Walam Olum with: Ephemera
The Walam Olum with: Ephemera
The Walam Olum with: Ephemera
The Walam Olum with: Ephemera
The Walam Olum with: Ephemera

The Walam Olum with: Ephemera

n/p: Joe Napora, Circa 1989. First Edition. Loose Signatures in Covers. Inscribed & signed by Joe Napora to Thomas Rain Crowe. "An epic is the "tale of the tribe." If the tale informs us, educates and entertains and challenges us to participate in its unfolding, and, even momentarily, transforms us, the epic has justified itself as poetry and history. The history of an individual hero is irrelevant apart from this. The Walam Olum is such a tale. It is the only North American epic poem that we know to have existed before Columbus. It is perhaps the only pictographic epic poem. It is unique." (from "Afterword to the Walam Olum by Joe Napora") A translation of pictographs (glyphs) by ancient Native Americans, first translated in the early 19th century & according to some scholars a hoax- we take no position on this, it is not our area of expertise. Joe Napora is a passionate & prolific American poet, publisher, editor & activist. This appears to be a self-published production of unknown limitation, with beautifully reproduced glyphs & text translations on thick handmade paper formed into loose signatures with two sets of blank grey loose covers. With afterword (quoted above), bibliography. This precedes & follows more "official" publications of Napora's translation by the Greenfield Review Press per references we have seen. On blank page preceding title pages, Napora has hand-written & signed: "For Tom (underline) / for the confusion (?) / for the friendship / Love / (signed) Joe." "Tom" is Thomas Rain Crowe, the acclaimed North Carolina poet & publisher who was at the center of the Baby Beat Generation/ Second San Francisco Renaissance during the 1970s (see our book, Starting from San Francisco, item No. 3071, Deluxe Edition No. 3075), a friend & colleague of Napora & our own good friend & mentor from whom we obtained this. Included here are two pieces of ephemera: A single copied sheet entitled "Some Notes and a Partial glossary for the Walum Olum," & copy of a three-page letter written by Napora to "Anne and Karl" that discusses the history of the Walam Olum & his work on it. On verso of third page, there is a hand-written note from Napora to Crowe: "Tom- / A letter to Karl & Anne for the Woodland Pattern exhibit of the Walam Olum going on now." An attractive & fascinating work of Native American scholarship; & certainly one of the rarest collectibles in the vast Napora canon with very important association & provenance. Book in fine condition with only very slight wear & a few tiny bumps to edges & corners of covers & interior sheets; one tear with small amount of missing paper at blank lower right margin-corner of last "Bibliography" page. Ephemera in very fine condition, four loose letter-size copied sheets with printing on recto only, versos blank except for handwriting on last sheet as noted above; slight creases where sheets were originally folded once widthwise; very slight wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners. Fine. [Item #3550]

Price: $60.00