Words of the Real People: Alaska Native Literature in Translation

Words of the Real People: Alaska Native Literature in Translation

ISBN-10:
1602230056
ISBN-13:
9781602230057
Pub. Date:
08/15/2007
Publisher:
University of Alaska Press

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Words of the Real People: Alaska Native Literature in Translation

Words of the Real People collects the life stories, poetry, and oral literature of the Yupik, Inupiaq, and Alutiiq peoples of Alaska, making them widely available to readers in English for the first time. Accompanied by background essays on each Native group, the literature in this collection embraces Native Alaskan life in all its rich variety. From tales of malevolent shamans to the unexpected poetry of the urban experience, and from ancient tales passed down for generations to contemporary stories being woven into a new tradition, Words of the Real People stakes out an important place for Native Alaskan literature as a vibrant, living tradition and will be essential to folklorists, anthropologists, and anyone interested in the storied past of our continent's most forbidding reaches.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781602230057
Publisher: University of Alaska Press
Publication date: 08/15/2007
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors vii

Preface and Acknowledgments: Smoked Fish and Jars of Jam xi

Introduction: Yupik and Iñupiaq Literature in Translation Ann Fienup-Riordan xvii

Part I Central Yup'ik and Cup'ig Narratives 1

Introduction to Central Yup'ik and Cup'ig Narratives Ann Fienup-Riordan 1

Yaqutgiarcankut / Yaqutgiarcaq and Her Family Natalia White Elsie Mather Phyllis Morrow 7

One Who Didn't Think Much of a Man's Stomach Paul John Sophie Shield 30

Quliraq Frances Usugan Cathy Moses 41

Aanakallii Ner'aqallii / I Have Eaten My Mother Frank Andrew Alice Rearden 64

The Five Sisters Lena Atkiq Ilutsik Virginia Ilutsik Andrew Esther Arnaq Ilutsik 84

Atkuut Tengaurturalriit / A Flying Parka Paul John Marie Meade 89

Uraquralzrig / Sibling Brothers Nuratar Andrew Noatak Nakaar Howard Amos Robert Drozda 102

Notes 122

Works Cited and Suggested Reading 124

Part II Iñupiaq Narratives 127

Introduction to Iñupiaq Narratives Lawrence D. Kaplan Deanna Paniataaq Kingston 127

Uvana Atiġa Aliitchak / My Name Is Aliitchak Minnie Gray Tadataka Nagai Lawrence D. Kaplan 133

A Long Unipkaaq Jimmie Killigivuk Carol Tukummiq Omnik Tom Lowenstein 146

The Story of the King Island Wolf Dance Lucy Tanaqiq Koyuk Earl Aisana Mayac Deanna Paniataaq Kingston 169

King Island Iñupiaq Stories Frank Ellanna Bernadette Alvanna-Stimpfle Lawrence D. Kaplan 180

An Unwritten Law of the Sea Herbert O. Anungazuk 188

Notes 200

Works Cited and Suggested Reading 200

Part III St. Lawrence Island / Siberian Yupik Narratives 203

Introduction to St. Lawrence Island / Siberian Yupik Narratives Lawrence D. Kaplan 203

Yuuk Nequenyuqaq / The Good Hunter Vera MetcalfTheodore Kingiikaq 207

Three Generations of St. Lawrence Island Writers: The Work of Paul Silook, Roger Silook, and Susie Silook Susie Silook 211

Qati Hik: A St. Lawrence Island Yupik Tale Della Waghiyi Willem J. de Reuse 220

Works Cited and Suggested Reading 234

Part IV Alutiiq Narratives 237

Introduction to Alutiiq Narratives Patricia Partnow 237

The Power of Story: Arnaq Taqukaraam Pillra / The Woman Who Was Gotten by the Bear Ignatius Kosbruk Patricia Partnow Jeff Leer 243

Notes 259

Works Cited and Suggested Reading 260

Index 263

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