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Qayaq: Kayaks of Alaska and Siberia

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Publisher Comments:

This slim volume, originally intended as a catalog in support of the only museum exhibition ever devoted solely to these nimble little craft, offers an accessible review of much of what is known about traditional kayaks. Even though the form has existed with remarkable consistency for at least 2000 years, the skin boats of arctic hunters now constitute an endangered breed; they are resilient at sea but fragile in storage, so perhaps at most 300 original kayaks, decked-over skin vessels with cockpits for individual paddlers, have survived in collections worldwide.

It is author Zimmerly's intent, as he tells readers in the new foreword to this reprint to help us learn from them before they are all gone. Writing from the basis of years of research, he reviews the construction of different kayaks from various regions of Alaska and Siberia, discussing not only techniques and materials in general but the special approaches of individual craftsmen. He shows how vessels' design varied in response to the demands of climate and availability of resources as well as the needs of hunters using them; he considers associated equipment, from paddles to paddlers clothing. The result is a succinct but authoritative introduction to the kayaks of Alaska, the Mackenzie River delta, and Siberia.

Book News Annotation:

Originally published in 1986 to accompany an exhibit held at the Alaska State Museum and at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. Zimmerly, an anthropologist who has both an academic and personal involvement with the study of kayaks presents thorough discussion of kayak construction techniques and materials, showing how the vessels' design varied in response to the demands of climate and the availability of resources in Alaska, Canada, and Siberia. This second edition contains an additional section on the kayaks of the Mackenzie River delta. Abundantly illustrated with line drawings and photos.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The story of Qayaq is one of the most enduring legends of Alaskan folklore, and this revised edition of the text by Emily Ivanoff Brown present the myth for the modern reader in vivid detail.  Qayaq recounts the epic tale of the hero Qayag as he leaves his hom 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 storytellers to recite.  Enhanced with a new scholarly introduction, Qayaq is a masterpiece of Alaskan folklore that shares the richness of Eskimo literary heritage.
 

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 91-95) and index.

About the Author

Emily Ivanoff Brown (1904-82), known as Ticasuk, was an elementary school teacher who spent her life collecting Native oral histories and researching Native languages, arts, and culture.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Second Edition
   James Ruppert, Professor of English and Alaska Native Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks
 
Foreword to the First Edition
   Esther T. De Witt
 
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
 
 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781889963105
Author:
Zimmerly, David W.
Publisher:
University of Alaska Press
Contribution by:
Gardiner, Paul
Contribution:
Gardiner, Paul
Author:
Zimmerly, David
Location:
Fairbanks, Alaska :
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Eskimos
Subject:
Kayaks
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
Kayaking
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2nd ed.
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
P-10
Publication Date:
20000431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
black and white photos, illustrations
Pages:
104
Dimensions:
9 x 9.5 in

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The story of Qayaq is one of the most enduring legends of Alaskan folklore, and this revised edition of the text by Emily Ivanoff Brown present the myth for the modern reader in vivid detail.  Qayaq recounts the epic tale of the hero Qayag as he leaves his hom 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 storytellers to recite.  Enhanced with a new scholarly introduction, Qayaq is a masterpiece of Alaskan folklore that shares the richness of Eskimo literary heritage.
 
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