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Stories Future Generations

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Before it was written, this book was spoken. For ten winter days in 1977, the orator Paul John—widely respected as a dean of Yup’ik elders, and recognized for his tireless advocacy of Yup’ik language and traditions—held an audience of Yup’ik students rapt at Nelson Island High School, in southwest Alaska. Hour after hour he spoke to the young people, sharing life experiences and Yup’ik narratives, never repeating a tale. Now, more than a quarter-century after Paul John’s extraordinary performance, Sophie Shield’s...

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Overview

Before it was written, this book was spoken. For ten winter days in 1977, the orator Paul John—widely respected as a dean of Yup’ik elders, and recognized for his tireless advocacy of Yup’ik language and traditions—held an audience of Yup’ik students rapt at Nelson Island High School, in southwest Alaska. Hour after hour he spoke to the young people, sharing life experiences and Yup’ik narratives, never repeating a tale. Now, more than a quarter-century after Paul John’s extraordinary performance, Sophie Shield’s translations and Ann Fienup-Riordan’s editing have brought his words back to life, and to a new audience. This book records one elder’s attempt to create a moral universe for future generations through stories about the special knowledge of the Yup’ik people.

Tales both authentically Yup’ik and marked by Paul John’s own unique innovations are presented in a bilingual edition, with Yup’ik and English text presented in facing pages. As Paul John says, "In this whole world, whoever we are, if people speak using their own language, they will be presenting their identity and it will be their strength."

University of Washington Press

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Editorial Reviews

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Fienup-Riordan is renowned for her intelligent anthropological essays and for her close involvement with Yup'ik communities..[This] volume is remarkable because it presents not only an incredible variety of narratives, but also documents the wealth of oral narratives that one individual might possess. The book is a marvelous contribution to the study of Eskimo literature and oratory.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295983509
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Pages: 856
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul John was among the last to receive a traditional Yup'ik education, spending his childhood in the communal men's house, where he heard constant recitations of Yup'ik tales and personal experiences. In 2002 he received the Alaska Governor's Award as Distinguished Humanities Educator. Sophie Shield is an accomplished translator and educator working for the Bilingual Department of the Lower Kuskokwan School District in Bethel, Alaska. Ann Fienup-Riordan is an anthropologist and author of numerous books on the peoples of Alaska, including The Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks, Agayuliyararput: Our Way of Making Prayer, and Freeze Frame: Alaska Eskimos in the Movies.

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsKangrilnguum ayuquciq man'a tekilluku--Paul John's life up to this timeTaun qanemiciq ayaagturatullrulliniuq arulaiyuunani--That story went on and on without stopping

A'ka Tamaani Yuullrat--Life in the Past

Cingumailriit kingumta yuitnek--To encourage future generationsAllamek-gguqella yuituq--They say the world is populated by on one else [but relatives]

Yuut Ungungssit-llu--Humans and Animals

Tan'gaurluq nakacuut ayautellrat--The boy who was taken away by bladdersYuuk malruk atertellrek--Two who drifted awayYuilqumun ayalleq nunameggnek--The one who left her village and went to the wildernessEnret aulukellrata iqukegtarii--A good ending for taking care of bonesNunakun ciutelget--Those who have ears through the groundTan'gaurluum Qayassiigmi Uitallra--The boy who had an experience on Qayaassiq

Tamaani Cat Paivngallratni--Back When Extraordinary Beings Were Present

Qamungelria--The old bearAmiingirayulit--Those who are good at blocking doorsAnglingnarlit--The ones who grow

Kiirraraarmeng Yuullret--Those Who Lived Alone

Angun-ciissiq-llu--The man and the ciissiqApalek--One with a grandfather

Angutet Arnat-llu--Men and Women

Angutem Anrutaanek arcaqakinrilnguq--The one who didn't think much of a man's stomachArnaq anagkenglleq--The woman who wonAavacin--AavacinUqilalria arnaq--A woman who was a fast runnerMalrugnek nulialek--The one with two wivesAipaqellrianun alerquun--Advice to couples

Angayuqat Irniarit-llu--Parents and Children

Aanaka-llii ner'aqa-llii--I have eaten my motherUmyuamek catevkarillerkaq--The way the mind can be hurtAngelria angun--The big manQetunraq qamiqurrlainaq--Son who was nothing by a head

Yupiuyaraq--Becoming a Yup'ik Person

Elpecenek uptuci--You are getting yourselves readyNiicugninqegcaarturaasqelluki qanrucetullruit--They told them to listen thoroughly and attentivelyNasaurluut waten elpeciucetun ayuqucirkaatnek qanaataqluki--He would give advice to young girls like you about proper behavior and conductTan'gaurliq kangingaqami taugaam taqtuli--Boy who had to find out for himselfAlerquutet iinrutun ayuqut--Advice is like medicineUngalek--One with a beardQanruyutelten maligtengnaqu'urluki ernikina ernerpak--Try to follow what was said to you all dayKass'at yuullrat qacignarqenrituq--White people do not live easy lives

Anngaat Uyuraat-llu--Older Brothers and Younger Siblings

Anngaan nayagani-llu--The older brother and his younger sisterAnngaq uyuraq-llu--The older brother and the younger brotherAnngaqelriik--Those to who were brothersAnngaq nayagani-llu--An older brother and his younger sister

Angalkut--Shamans

Tumaralria--TumaralriaTumaralria Kangangaq-llu--Tumaralria and KangangaqKukugyarpak--KukugyarpakAatama atallranek--My father's deceased fatherAngalkut--AngalkutAngalkunek qanemcit--Stories of angalkut

Temcinarqerrlulriit--Some That Are Slightly Funny

Temcinarqerrlulriit--Some that are slightly funnyTengssuucet akaar paqnanarqellruut--Airplanes were interesting a long time ago

Cam Ayagniqarraallra--Origins

Nunivaam yung'eqarraallra--How Nunivak first got its peopleYupiit atunem anguyakutellrat--Yupiit going to war against each other

Nukalpiat--Great Hunters

Nukalpialler--The bad nukalpiaqNukalpiaq alegyunglleq imarpigmek--A nukalpiaq who became confident [he could travel and hunt] on the oceanTamaani yuut ucurnarqellratni--In those days when people did things to be pround ofAsgirpagkaq Uqumyaar-llu--Adgirpagkaq and UqumyaarPamailnguaraurluuq--One who was always slow to respondYuut atertellri--People who drifted awayAtertaulleq yuk--The person who drifted awayTan'gaurluq tengyugngalria--The boy who could fly

Ellminek Ikayuryqraq Yuilqumi--Yup'ik Survival Tools

Makuat--Glittering particles used as compassesAnuqem tungai ellaliuryaraq-llu--Weather directions and forecastingEllaliuryaraq--Checking the weatherEllarrlugmi cayaraq--What to do during a stormAyuqucin pascirluku yuugi--Start living with something to back you up

Yugtun igautellrit Kass'atun-llu mumigtellrit--Yup'ik transcription and translationNotesGlossaryReferences

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