Lost Mail Redistribution Program

October 2019 - November 2019

T
he lost mail postcard sent out in November, 2019 will be made public six months later. Read more about the project and find the full lost mail directory...

Ewt fpiirest xi rehhtrj!



The bonus item was another folktale from Dzid-Udur, LITANY OF THE WORRY BIRD (Click below for the full book PDF)

The Litany of the Worry Bird is one of the most compact examples of Udu religious oral tradition. Consistent with other prayers, the majority of the litany is from the first-person perspective of the speaker, who is both metaphorically addressing a deity (the World Creature, in this case taking on the form colloquially known as the Worry Bird) and literally coexisting with the deity (the neighbor). This duality is core to Udu spirituality, and enables deity characters to be both subjects and objects.

This story is meant to be heard, read aloud, read together; anyone can begin, and anyone can choose to participate in any of the stanzas. Many regional variations have been recorded.

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Brought to you by Kit Kuksenok (Narrative and Illustration) and Cora Lee (Graphic Design and Lost Mail Art Direction). Read more about the project and find the full lost mail directory...