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Title Through the Sipapu: A Canyonlands Phantasy
Subject Indians of North America; Spiritualism; Fantasy
Description Fictional story of creation and the afterlife as seen by Native Americans of Utah.
Creator Baker, Pearl Biddlecomb (1907-1992)
Publisher Baker, Pearl Biddlecomb
Date Digital 2004-07-09
Date 1986
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Identifier 130.xml
Source Original booklet: Through the Sipapu: A Canyonlands Phantasy
Language eng
Rights Management Digital image copyright 2004, Green River Public Library. All rights reserved.
Holding Institution Green River Public Library, 85 South Long St., Green River, UT 84525
Source Physical Dimensions 60 leaves ; 28 cm.
Scanning Technician Nima Rakhsha
Metadata Cataloger Denice Hoffman
ARK ark:/87278/s6xs5v8n
Setname gr_pbb
Date Created 2005-03-18
Date Modified 2005-03-18
ID 317792
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6xs5v8n

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Description Baker Sipapu 21 which glittered and sparked like the scarves in the scarf dance he had just witnessed. Gradually his body quieted, and his mind became coherent again. At last he understood what the Medicine Man had tried to teach him-that he had to purify himself, purge himself of his mortality, become pure spirit, to be able to go through the sipapu. Only such an experience as he had just had would have driven this lesson home. He had moved into a higher spiritual existence, and his level of earthly being was overwhelmed. To attain that excellence, he would have to undergo a metamorphosis as a complete chrysalis produced a butterfly. Death was one answer, but there had to be an alternative. To believe that it was the only way through the sipapu was over-simplification. He would gladly die for Rain, but that didn't seem the solution. The Medicine Man had told him that anything was possible with faith, but he knew his faith didn't include letting control of his situation completely out of his hands. Death seemed more of an ending than a beginning to this country boy. Although he had been raised in a God-fearing household, and had gone to church, never having lost a dear one, he considered life-after-death as whistling in the dark. Another thing that was firmly embedded in his culture after he started flying, was that he would die when his time came and not before. In fact, he had just missed a very good chance of that very
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Identifier 026_GRL_SIPAPU_PAGE21.JPG
Source Original booklet: Pearl Baker: Interviewed by John McFarlane
Setname gr_pbb
Date Created 2005-03-18
Date Modified 2005-03-18
ID 317752
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6xs5v8n/317752