Tales from the Dena: Indian Stories from the Tanana, Koyukuk, and Yukon Rivers

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Forty-one Alaskan Indian tales, transcribed in 1935 from the narrators' own words, are included in this collection beautifully illustrated with wood engravings by Alaska artist Dale DeArmond. The exploits of the roguish Crow and the intrepid Man Who Traveled Among All the Animals and People range from serious myths to slyly humorous misadventures.

Frederica de Laguna is professor emerita of anthropology at Bryn Mawr College. Among her many publications is Travels Among the Dena:...

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Forty-one Alaskan Indian tales, transcribed in 1935 from the narrators' own words, are included in this collection beautifully illustrated with wood engravings by Alaska artist Dale DeArmond. The exploits of the roguish Crow and the intrepid Man Who Traveled Among All the Animals and People range from serious myths to slyly humorous misadventures.

Frederica de Laguna is professor emerita of anthropology at Bryn Mawr College. Among her many publications is Travels Among the Dena: Exploring AlaskaĆ­s Yukon Valley, which re-creates the extraordinary scientific expedition on which the stories in Tales from the Dena were gathered.

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Arctic
A thoroughly enjoyable and very valuable contribution to the literature on Athabaskans, particularly their oral literature.
Choice
This handsome, appealing volume...is at present the most easily accessible collection of stories from the Dena.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295974354
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Pages: 374
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
I The Dena Indians 5
II The Dena Annual Cycle 28
III Dena Religion 46
IV Dena Storytelling 73
V Tales from Nenana 81
VI Tales from Tanana Mission 151
VII Tales from Ruby 183
VIII Tales from Koyukuk Station 195
IX Tales from Nulato 247
X Myths and Characters 285
XI The Building of Dena Myths 301
XII Raven and Traveler 319
Sources 335
Index 341
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