The Blue Mountains and Other Gaelic Stories from Cape Breton: Na Beanntaichean Gorma agus Sgeulachdan Eile a Ceap Breatainn

The Blue Mountains and Other Gaelic Stories from Cape Breton: Na Beanntaichean Gorma agus Sgeulachdan Eile a Ceap Breatainn

by John Shaw
     
 

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For over four decades John Shaw has been documenting Cape Breton's Gaelic traditions. The Blue Mountains presents thirty stories recorded between 1964 and 1989 including popular tales such as The Dragon Slayer, hero-tales of Fionn Mac Cumhail and his warrior band, stories of robbers and thieves, comic tall tales, historical legends, and accounts of clan traditions

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For over four decades John Shaw has been documenting Cape Breton's Gaelic traditions. The Blue Mountains presents thirty stories recorded between 1964 and 1989 including popular tales such as The Dragon Slayer, hero-tales of Fionn Mac Cumhail and his warrior band, stories of robbers and thieves, comic tall tales, historical legends, and accounts of clan traditions brought over from the western Highlands.

Shaw provides both the Gaelic texts and an English translation. When possible, he identifies both the original storyteller and the local reciters. Reciters include Joe Neil MacNeil, a major Canadian storyteller, as well as others whose stories have never before been published. The Blue Mountains and Other Gaelic Stories from Cape Breton showcases a unique and neglected storytelling tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773532571
Publisher:
Mcgill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
05/07/2007
Edition description:
Bilingual
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

John Shaw is the editor and translator of Tales Until Dawn: The World of a Cape Breton Gaelic Story-Teller and Brigh an Òrain: A Story in Every Song. He is senior lecturer in ethnology at the University of Edinburgh.

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