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Raven and the Rock: Storytelling in Chukotka

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Canadian storyteller and folklorist Van Deusen presents 25 Chukchi and Yupik tales and legends she has collected from those peoples, who live in the easternmost part of Siberia. The stories have traditionally been used to pass values, beliefs, history, and worldview down the generations. Native culture there is now experiencing a resurgence in the wake of Soviet assimilation forces.

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A girl marries a whale, and her story reminds the Siberian Yupik about humans' relationship with the animals who sustain them. A reindeer herder spends the winter in a bear's den, and his story shows the Chukchi how despair can become courage. For centuries, native Chukchi and Yupik elders in Chukotka, the northeasternmost part of Siberia, have spent endless winter nights recounting tales of the trickster Raven, of how people and places came to be created, of evil spirits and sorcerers, of transformation and magic. Through storytelling, they taught the history, worldview, beliefs, and morals of Chukchi and Yupik people.

Storyteller and folklorist Kira Van Deusen has collected traditional Chukchi and Yupik folktales from present-day Chukotka where indigenous people are reclaiming their traditions and identity after years under the assimilative forces of Soviet policy. In this book she presents twenty-five tales and legends in English translation.

These are old tales retold in modern settings. Their themes reveal much about contemporary concerns at a time when native Siberians are facing extreme economic hardships. They convey the values tellers admire and wish to pass on: the courage not to give up, wisdom and loyalty, the ability to find good in what appears evil, maintenance of good relationships with animals, and a sense of humor.

Together the tales provide a cross section of an oral tradition that is very much alive. Van Deusen grounds the stories in details of the tradition from which they spring, emphasizing what is unique in Chukchi and Yupik culture.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780295978413
Author:
Van Deusen, Kira
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
Legends
Subject:
Tales
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Storytelling
Subject:
Chukchi -- Folklore.
Subject:
Yupik Eskimos -- Folklore.
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Publication Date:
19991131
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
9.36x6.33x.73 in. 1.05 lbs.

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Product details 216 pages University of Washington Press - English 9780295978413 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A girl marries a whale, and her story reminds the Siberian Yupik about humans' relationship with the animals who sustain them. A reindeer herder spends the winter in a bear's den, and his story shows the Chukchi how despair can become courage. For centuries, native Chukchi and Yupik elders in Chukotka, the northeasternmost part of Siberia, have spent endless winter nights recounting tales of the trickster Raven, of how people and places came to be created, of evil spirits and sorcerers, of transformation and magic. Through storytelling, they taught the history, worldview, beliefs, and morals of Chukchi and Yupik people.

Storyteller and folklorist Kira Van Deusen has collected traditional Chukchi and Yupik folktales from present-day Chukotka where indigenous people are reclaiming their traditions and identity after years under the assimilative forces of Soviet policy. In this book she presents twenty-five tales and legends in English translation.

These are old tales retold in modern settings. Their themes reveal much about contemporary concerns at a time when native Siberians are facing extreme economic hardships. They convey the values tellers admire and wish to pass on: the courage not to give up, wisdom and loyalty, the ability to find good in what appears evil, maintenance of good relationships with animals, and a sense of humor.

Together the tales provide a cross section of an oral tradition that is very much alive. Van Deusen grounds the stories in details of the tradition from which they spring, emphasizing what is unique in Chukchi and Yupik culture.

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