Wise Words of the Yup'ik People: We Talk to You because We Love You

Wise Words of the Yup'ik People: We Talk to You because We Love You

by Ann Fienup-Riordan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803269129

ISBN-13: 9780803269125

Pub. Date: 06/28/2005

Publisher: UNP - Bison Books


The Yup'ik people of southwestern Alaska were some of the last Arctic peoples to come into contact with non-Natives, and as a result, Yup’ik language and many traditions remain vital into the twenty-first century. Wise Words of the Yup’ik People documents their qanruyutet (adages, words of wisdom, and oral instructions) regarding the…  See more details below

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The Yup'ik people of southwestern Alaska were some of the last Arctic peoples to come into contact with non-Natives, and as a result, Yup’ik language and many traditions remain vital into the twenty-first century. Wise Words of the Yup’ik People documents their qanruyutet (adages, words of wisdom, and oral instructions) regarding the proper living of life. Throughout history, these distinctive wise words have guided the relations between men and women, parents and children, siblings and cousins, fellow villagers, visitors, strangers, and even with non-Natives. Yup’ik elders have chosen to share these wise words during Calista Elders Council gatherings and conventions since 1998 for instrumental reasons—because of their continued relevance and power to change lives.
 
The Calista Elders Council, which represents some thirteen hundred Yup'ik elders, recently spearheaded efforts at cultural revitalization through gatherings with younger community members. In describing the content of traditional instruction as well as its central motivation—“We talk to you because we love you”—elders not only educate Yup’ik young people but also open a window into their view of the world for all of us.
 
Wise Words of the Yup’ik People will serve as a valuable resource for the Yup'ik people and those who wish to learn more about their lives and values.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803269125
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
348
Sales rank:
1,416,023
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1Elders spoke and young people listened1
2A powerful mind43
3Boys are like puppies, ears are eyes, and women are death79
4Parents and children103
5Men and women147
6Those who are rich in relatives : extended family relations185
7Tuqluucaraq : the way of addressing one's relatives209
8The world contains no others, only persons : Yup'ik views of self and other233
9Qanrucunailnguut : those who do not listen and adhere255
10Eyagyarat : abstinence practices267
11Making the past present : the desertion of the Qasgi287

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