The Longest Story Ever Told: Qayaq, The Magical Man

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The story of Qayaq is one of the most enduring legends of Alaskan folklore, and now this second edition of the text by Emily Ivanoff Brown presents the myth for the modern reader in vivid detail. Qayaq recounts the epic tale of the hero Qayaq as he leaves his home in Siilvik Lake and journeys across northern Alaska and Canada. Talking animals, supernatural gods, and Qayaq’s many adventures weave together in this lyrical oral narrative, which took days or even weeks for actual tribal storytellers to recite. ...

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Overview

The story of Qayaq is one of the most enduring legends of Alaskan folklore, and now this second edition of the text by Emily Ivanoff Brown presents the myth for the modern reader in vivid detail. Qayaq recounts the epic tale of the hero Qayaq as he leaves his home in Siilvik Lake and journeys across northern Alaska and Canada. Talking animals, supernatural gods, and Qayaq’s many adventures weave together in this lyrical oral narrative, which took days or even weeks for actual tribal storytellers to recite. Enhanced with a new scholarly introduction, Qayaq is a masterpiece of Alaska folklore that shares the richness of Eskimo literary heritage.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602230460
  • Publisher: University of Alaska Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 90
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Emily Ivanoff Brown (1904–1982), known as Ticasuk, was an elementary school teacher who spent her life collecting Native oral histories and researching on Native languages, arts, and culture.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Second Edition

Foreword to the First Edition

Introduction

 

Nunamiu Settles at Selawik

Nunamiu at Siilvik Lake

The Loss of Four Sons

The Birth and Life of Qayaq

Qayaq, Guest of the Giant

He Annihilates Strange People and Animals

He Encounters Many Oppressors

A Perilous Trip

Extermination of Spirited Driftwood

The Evil Chief's Plot

Extermination of the Evil Chief

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