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Sun Tracks #41: Life Woven with Song

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The Tlingit Indians of southeastern Alaska are known for their totem poles, Chilkat blankets, and ocean-going canoes. Nora Marks Dauenhauer is a cultural emissary of her people and now tells the story of her own life within the context of her community's. Life Woven with Song re-creates in written language the oral tradition of the Tlingit people as it records memories of Dauenhauer's heritage--of older relatives and Tlingit elders, of trolling for salmon and preparing food in the dryfish camps, of making a living by working in canneries. She explores these recurring themes of food and land, salmon and rainforest, from changing perspectives--as a child, a mother, and a grandmother--and through a variety of literary forms. In prose, Dauenhauer presents stories such as "Egg Boat"--the tale of a twelve-year-old girl fishing the North Pacific for the first time alone--and an autobiographical piece that reveals much about Tlingit lifeways. Then in a section of short lyrical poems she offers crystalline tributes to her land and people. In a concluding selection of plays, Dauenhauer presents three Raven stories that were adapted as stage plays from oral versions told in Tlingit by three storytellers of her community. These plays were commissioned by the Naa Kahidi Theater and have been performed throughout America and Europe. They take the form of a storyteller delivering a narrative while other members of the cast act and dance in masks and costumes. Collectively, Dauenhauer's writings form an "autoethnography," offering new insight into how the Tlingit have been affected by modernization and how Native American culture perseveres in the face of change. Despite the hardships her people have seen, this woman affirms the goodness of life as found in family and community, in daily work and play, and in tribal traditions.

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Re-creates the oral tradition of Alaska's Tlingit people.

About the Author

Nora Marks Dauenhauer is internationally recognized for her work in preserving Tlingit oral literature and for fourteen years was Principal Researcher in Language and Cultural Studies at Sealaska Heritage Foundation. Her writings have been widely anthologized, and she has received both the Alaska Governor's Award for the Arts and the Before Columbus Foundation's American Book Award. She lives in Juneau.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816520060
Author:
Dauenhauer, Nora Marks
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Location:
Tucson :
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
American
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Alaska
Subject:
Indian authors
Subject:
Tlingit Indians
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
Indians of North America -- Alaska.
Subject:
Native American Studies, Literature and Essays
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Essays
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Sun Tracks: An American Indian Literary
Series Volume:
106-299v. 41
Publication Date:
20000231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
139
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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