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Sandoval's Prayer Chant

pollenSandoval sat on the floor. "Now begins the Night Chant of 'All is Well'" he said.He chanted and Sam, the interpreter, chanted with him. For them this was sacred. After the chant Sandoval passed his medicine pouch to Sam who took a pinch of pollen and placed it on his tongue and head and threw the remainder in the air to the east. I was told to do likewise. The pouch having been returned, Sandoval placed pollen on his tongue and head. He threw some into the air, sprinkling quite a bit over the manuscript. Then he prayed:For long years I have kept this beauty within me,It has been my life.It is sacred.I give it now that coming generations may know the truthAbout my people.I give it as the dew falls.I give it as sacred pollen,That there may increase a better understanding among men.My days have been long.Whoever reads and loves and learns from these storiesShall profit by them,And their days shall be lengthened.I give these in the spirit of generosityAsking that no harm will come from the PowersWho have given these stories to us.May no harm come from them.May they be accepted as an offering,As the pollen,As the dew. One of the Night Chants, the chant of All is Well This covers it all,The Earth and the Most High Power Whose Ways Are Beautiful.All is beautiful before me,All is beautiful behind me,All is beautiful below me,All is beautiful above me,All is beautiful all around me.This covers it all,The Skies and the Most High Power Whose Ways Are Beautiful.All is beautiful. . . .This covers it all,The Mountains and the Most High Power Whose Ways Are Beautiful.All is beautiful. . . .This covers it all,The Water and the Most High Power Whose Ways Are Beautiful.All is beautiful. . . .This covers it all,The Darkness and the Most High Power Whose Ways Are Beautiful. All is beautiful. . . .This covers it all,The Dawn and the Most High Power Whose Ways Are Beautiful.All is beautiful. . . .This covers it all,Hasjelti and the Most High Power Whose Ways Are Beautiful.All is beautiful. . . .This covers it all,Hasjohon and the Most High Power Whose Ways Are Beautiful.All is beautiful. . . .This covers it all,The White Corn and the Most High Power Whose Ways Are Beautiful.All is beautiful. . . .This covers it all,The Yellow Corn and the Most High Power Whose Ways Are Beautiful.All is beautiful. . . .This covers it all,The Pollen and the Most High Power Whose Ways Are Beautiful.All is beautiful. . . . ~Navajo Prayer Chant

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