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The Dall sheep dinner guest: Iñupiaq narratives of northwest Alaska


The rich storytelling tradition of the Inupiaq Eskimos of Alaska is showcased in this collection of over eighty stories. Meticulously compiled from six villages in Northwest Alaska between 1966 and 1987, the stories are presented as part of a living tradition, complete with biographies, photos, and introductory remarks by Native storytellers. Each story provides insight into Inupiaq worldview, human-animal relationships, and the organization of family life." "The Dall Sheep Dinner Guest includes a new version of the Qayaq cycle, one of the best-known legends from the region, as well as stories such as "The Fast Runner." A major contribution to the Native literature of Alaska, this collection includes two introductory essays by Wanni W. Anderson that provide historical background and a foundation for understanding gender, age, and regional differences and the narrative context of storytelling.--Book jacket.


Storytellers: John Patkuraq Brown, Leslie Tusraġviuraq Burnett, Flora Kuugaaq Cleveland, Lois Piŋalu Cleveland, Maude Kanayuqpak Cleveland, Robert Nasruk Cleveland, Kitty Qalutchuq Foster, Sarah Qiñuġana Goode, Willie Panik Goodwin, Sr., Minnie Aliitchak Gray, Beatrice Anausuk Mouse, Nora Paniikaaluk Norton, Nellie Qapuk Russell, Andrew Nuqaqsrauraq Skin, Emma Atluk Skin, Wesley Qauluġtailaq Woods.
Originally published in 2005; 2023 paperback edition.
Includes some text in Iñupiaq.
Includes index.

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Storytellers -- Alaska
Oral tradition -- Alaska
Legends -- Alaska
Tales -- Alaska
Legends -- Alaska, Northwest
Tales -- Alaska, Northwest
Inupiat -- Folklore


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