Our Voices: Native Stories of Alaska and the Yukon

Our Voices: Native Stories of Alaska and the Yukon

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by James Ruppert
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803289847

ISBN-13: 9780803289840

Pub. Date: 10/30/2008

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

Storytelling is a precious, vibrant tradition among the Native peoples of the Far North. Collected here for the first time are stories from the communities of interior Alaska and the Yukon Territory. These are the tales the people tell about themselves, their communities, and the world they inhabit. Our Voices showcases twenty storytellers and…  See more details below

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Storytelling is a precious, vibrant tradition among the Native peoples of the Far North. Collected here for the first time are stories from the communities of interior Alaska and the Yukon Territory. These are the tales the people tell about themselves, their communities, and the world they inhabit. Our Voices showcases twenty storytellers and writers who represent a full range of Athabaskan and related languages of Alaska and the Yukon. Both men and women recount popular tales of ancient times that describe the origins of social institutions and cultural values, as well as meaningful, sometimes intimate stories about their own lives and families or the history of their people. As representatives of an art transmitted through countless generations and now practiced with renewed interest and vigor by people reclaiming their cultural heritage, these narratives create a broad, brightly colored, richly detailed picture of the world of the Far North, present and past.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803289840
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
10/30/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
394
Sales rank:
1,308,542
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Deg Hit'an39
The People's Stories42
Polar Bear43
The Man and Wife52
2Koyukon69
The One Who Used to Put His Nephew into a Fishtail72
Great Raven Who Shaped the World84
K'etl'enbaalots'ek90
The Woodpecker Who Starved His Wife96
Wind Man105
3Gwich'in109
The Old Woman113
K'aiiheenjik115
We Go to Fort Yukon117
Chalkyitsik and Tl'yahdik125
4Northern Tutchone129
Living at Big Salmon, 1930s and 1940s133
Northern Lake, 1944140
Northern Lake, 1956144
5Kaska147
The Girl Who Lived with Salmon152
Dzohdie' Kills the Giant Worm160
6Tagish169
Getting Married173
The Stolen Woman180
7Southern Tutchone187
Our Shagoon, Our Family History193
How First This Yukon Came to Be: Crow and Beaverman198
Naakw: Devilfish, or Octopus, Helper212
[To Build a Fire]220
The First Time They Knew K'och'en, White Man223
8Upper Tanana229
My Old Grandmother: The Little Man Standing in the Moon232
When the Tree Squirrels Cut Fish237
When Horsefly Was Living in a Stump239
Raven and Muskrat Story241
9Tanacross245
The Child Who Was Stolen by a Brush Indian249
How Dentalium Necklaces Came to the Country253
10Lower Tanana261
I Learned the Indian Way263
Strong People265
I Belong to My Mother's Side268
Try to Make Things270
Never Get Scared272
Love Woods Life274
I Don't Go Around276
11Upper Kuskokwim277
Raven Lost His Eyes282
Raven Fixes Marten's Arm285
Camp Robbers288
The Skull290
12Dena'ina297
My Great-Great-Grandfather's Story301
Qadanalchen's Song303
The One Who Dreamed at Polly Creek304
Beliefs in Things a Person Can See and in Things a Person Cannot See305
The Kustatan Bear308
The Other Half of the Kustatan Bear Story313
The Gambling Story316
Raven Story318
Raven and the Geese321
The Man and the Loon323
13Ahtna325
When Russians Were Killed at "Roasted Salmon Place" (Batzulnetas)330
When the Tailed Ones Were Seen336
How We Were Trained339
Two Checker Players343
Spruce Root Man346
14Eyak349
Lake-Dwarves353
Giant Rat360
Around-the-Lake People [1933]369
The Big Mouse [1933]371
[The Girl and the Dog] [1933]373
Two Sisters375
Source Acknowledgments385
Index389

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Our Voices: Native Stories of Alaska and the Yukon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a really great book, its a book of stories that Alaskan Native's have told my grandpa. Its a little hard to understand but its great.