Kiviuq: An Inuit Hero and His Siberian Cousins

Kiviuq: An Inuit Hero and His Siberian Cousins

5.0 1
by Kira Van Deusen
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

After decades exploring Siberian cultures, Kira Van Deusen turned to the Canadian north to ask many such questions, looking at them through the versions of one of their most respected legends - that of hero/shaman Kiviuq, an Inuit counterpart to Homer's Odysseus - told by forty Inuit elders. The elders' voices engage us directly, inviting us to look at the unique

Overview

After decades exploring Siberian cultures, Kira Van Deusen turned to the Canadian north to ask many such questions, looking at them through the versions of one of their most respected legends - that of hero/shaman Kiviuq, an Inuit counterpart to Homer's Odysseus - told by forty Inuit elders. The elders' voices engage us directly, inviting us to look at the unique qualities of arctic heroism and its application to present-day concerns. Rich details from each of the elders' families help explain interpersonal challenges to survival in the north and offer both practical and spiritual lessons. Van Deusen also points out intriguing cultural connections across the Bering Strait, past and present.

The first in-depth book on Inuit oral literature to appear in English in nearly a century, Kiviuq is a must-read for those interested in northern cultures, shamanism, oral storytelling, and cultural change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773575226
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2009
Series:
McGill-Queen's Native and Northern Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author


Kira Van Deusen is a storyteller and musician who has done extensive research on the oral traditions of Siberian indigenous peoples and the Canadian Inuit. Her previous books include Singing Story, Healing Drum: Shamans and Storytellers of Turkic Siberia

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Kiviuq: An Inuit Hero and His Siberian Cousins 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pads to his mommy and asks what is happening