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Now a classic in northern literature, The Eskimo Storyteller brings to life the words of Eskimo elders for a new generation of readers. This collection of folktales from northwest Alaska includes stories populated by amazing creatures, hard-bitten hunters, and strong-minded women. Two master storytellers, Edna Hunnicutt and Paul Monroe, introduce readers to the guiding principles of daily life in the Arctic and chronicle the devastating results when those principles are violated. Elegant line drawings by Claire Fejes illustrate the characters and key events.
|Publisher:||University of Alaska Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Edwin S. Hall, Jr., holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Yale University. He has been honored by the Society for American Archaeology and by the Alaska Anthropological Association. Now retired, Hall devotes his time to research and writing about Arctic Alaska.
The artistic vision of Claire Fejes (1920-1998) was forged during the Depression and tempered by four decades in Alaska. Her bold use of color and form evoke the essence of the North in all its beauty and power.
Table of Contents
I. The Setting
The Eskimos of Northwest Alaska
The Naupaktomiut and Their Neighbors
An Ethnographic Reconstruction
The Historic Noatak People
The Modern People
II. The Noatak Storyteller
The Telling of Stories
In the Past
In the Present
Organization of Data
III. Edna Hunnicutt
IV. Paul Monroe
Collection of Folktales
Where and When
Vocal and Visual Mannerisms
Exact and Complete Recitation
Distribution of the Noatak Tales
Distribution within Northern Alaska
Types and Motifs
Distribution through Time
Individual, Family, and Society
Crime and Punishment
The Natural and Supernatural World
Folktales and Noatak Eskimo Culture
Index of Motifs