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Haa Shuká, Our Ancestors: Tlingit Oral Narratives

(Classics of Tlingit Oral Literature)

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These gripping and powerful prose narratives relate monumental events in the lives of the forebears of Tlingit clans, from the prehistoric migration to the coast of Southeast Alaska to the first contact with Europeans. The stories were recorded from the 1960s to the present by twelve tradition bearers who where passing down for future generations the accounts of haa shuka, ...more
Paperback, 532 pages
Published July 1st 1987 by University of Washington Press (first published May 1987)
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Barnaby Thieme
This outstanding collection of Tlingit legends were painstakingly recorded and transcribed, then translated for this book. They appear in the original language with facing translation into English, and the introduction includes notes of vocabulary and grammar which will be invaluable to the student of the Tlinget language, no doubt. I myself am not one of them.

The care with which they have been presented verbatim gives an intimate sense of the material and how it was conveyed as an oral traditi
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Sean
Sep 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: language geeks; those into Native Studies
This is the first book I've read where traditional stories are formatted in a manner reflecting their delivery (i.e. not as paragraphs but each line a phrase as spoken). The Tlingit faces an English translation. It's neat to so directly enter their world--I want to read more--but the gap between our cultural frames means I'm missing plenty.
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