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- DescriptionBefore it was written, this book was spoken. For ten winter days in 1977, the orator Paul Johnwidely respected as a dean of Yupik elders, and recognized for his tireless advocacy of Yupik language and traditionsheld an audience of Yupik students rapt at Nelson Island High School, in southwest Alaska. Hour after hour he spoke to the young people, sharing life experiences and Yupik narratives, never repeating a tale. Now, more than a quarter-century after Paul Johns extraordinary performance, Sophie Shields translations and Ann Fienup-Riordans editing have brought his words back to life, and to a new audience. This book records one elders attempt to create a moral universe for future generations through stories about the special kwledge of the Yupik people. Tales both authentically Yupik and marked by Paul Johns own unique invations are presented in a bilingual edition, with Yupik and English text presented in facing pages. As Paul John says, In this whole world, whoever we are, if people speak using their own language, they will be presenting their identity and it will be their strength.
- Author BiographyPaul John was among the last to receive a traditional Yup'ik education, spending his childhood in the communal men's house, where he heard constant recitations of Yup'ik tales and personal experiences. In 2002 he received the Alaska Governor's Award as Distinguished Humanities Educator. Sophie Shield is an accomplished translator and educator working for the Bilingual Department of the Lower Kuskokwan School District in Bethel, Alaska. Ann Fienup-Riordan is an anthropologist and author of numerous books on the peoples of Alaska, including The Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks, Agayuliyararput: Our Way of Making Prayer, and Freeze Frame: Alaska Eskimos in the Movies.
- Author(s)Paul John
- PublisherUniversity of Washington Press
- Date of Publication01/10/2003
- LanguageEnglish & Yupik languages
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationWashington
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Washington Press
- Content Note24 illus.
- Weight953 g
- Width154 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine36 mm
- Edited byAnn Fienup-Riordan
- Translated bySophie Shield
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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