Ron Singer

Yebichei* at Shiprock,

dancing, chanting, bringing rain,

chanting, dancing Yebichei,

their dance brings down the rain.

Stumblebum at Shiprock,

cigarette a second nose,

asking for a match,

so he can light his nose.

Yebichei, up and down,

chanting, dancing, bringing rain,

stumblebum among the crowd,

he tries to light his nose.

Author's Note: Yebichei = masqueraders.

Shiprock is a lone peak jutting out of the arid plain of the Navajo Nation in north-east New Mexico. It is an important cultural and religious site for the Navajo.

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Main Location:

Ship Rock, New Mexico, USA

Other locations:

Ship Rock, Navajo Reservation, New Mexico