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Northern Tales: Stories from the Native Peoples of the Artic and Subarctic Regions
     

Northern Tales: Stories from the Native Peoples of the Artic and Subarctic Regions

by Howard A. Norman, Howard Norman (Editor), Howard Norman (Retold by)
 
Northern Tales transports readers to the haunting, mysterious world of the north. From tales of village life to stores of wily tricksters and wise shamans, from accounts of love and marriage to tales that warn of the danger in Northern hearts, Howard Norman offers stories of ordinary and extraordinary events.

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Northern Tales transports readers to the haunting, mysterious world of the north. From tales of village life to stores of wily tricksters and wise shamans, from accounts of love and marriage to tales that warn of the danger in Northern hearts, Howard Norman offers stories of ordinary and extraordinary events.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
There are 116 folktales in this gathering from the myriad cultures of the North. Drawn from regions from Siberia to Greenland, Canada and the Aleutian Islands, the stories represent a diversity of landscapes as well as of human and animal relationships. Arranged, with their origins identified, by folklorist Norman ( Northern Lights ), the tales illuminate arctic and subarctic village life, shamans, hunting and marriage customs. Animals are often central, especially the raven and fox, who take on human qualities. Humor is part of the trickster stories (``Beaver Man Meets Mink Lady''); the Cree Indian heritage preserves the essential Northern hunting experience; mythic elements of intercourse between animals or spirits and humans are pervasive. Cautionary and pedagogical tales, as well as those told at special times and places, round out this chronicle of tribal oral traditions. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
YA-- A variety of stories from native peoples of the far North, including Greenland, Canada, Russia, Alaska, and the polar regions. A brief introduction before each type of traditional tale reflects the tribal and cultural concerns as well as the diversity of people who are deeply involved in and influenced by natural phenomena, animals, shamans, and the supernatural. Through humor and fantasy as well as earthy wisdom, the tale-tellers point out that ``Stories are not just about living things, they are living things.'' Through this book, a way of life is revealed and preserved.
Monitor Christian Science
"These majestically recounted tales of the extraordinary and ordinary...bring us face-to-face with the fragile terrain of the unchartered human imagination."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375702679
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/26/1998
Series:
Fairy Tale and Folklore Library
Pages:
343
Product dimensions:
6.17(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.00(d)

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