Wise Words of the Yup'ik People: We Talk to You Because We Love You

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Juni 2005



The Yup'ik people of southwestern Alaska were some of the last Arctic peoples to come into contact with non-Natives, and as a result, Yup'ik language and many traditions remain vital into the twenty-first century. Wise Words of the Yup'ik People documents their qanruyutet (adages, words of wisdom, and oral instructions) regarding the proper living of life. Throughout history, these distinctive wise words have guided the relations between men and women, parents and children, siblings and cousins, fellow villagers, visitors, strangers, and even with non-Natives. Yup'ik elders chose to share these wise words during Calista elders Council gatherings and conventions since 1998 for instrumental reasons--because of their continued relevance and power to change lives. The Calista Elders Council, which represents some thirteen hundred Yup'ik elders, recently spearheaded efforts at cultural revitalization through gatherings with younger community members. In describing the content of traditional instruction as well as its central motivation--"We talk to you because we love you"--elders not only educate Yup'ik young people, but also open a window into their view of the world for all of us. Wise Words of the Yup'ik People will serve as a valuable resource for the Yup'ik people and those who wish to learn more about their lives and values.


Ann Fienup-Riordan is an independent scholar who has lived, worked, and taught in Alaska since 1973. Her many books include "Hunting Tradition in a Changing World: Yup'ik Lives in Alaska Today" and "Yup'ik Elders at the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin: Fieldwork Turned on Its Head." Alice Rearden is a Yup'ik speaker and leading translator for the Calista Elders Council.


"In "Wise Words of the Yup'ik People" and its bilingual companion, [Yup'ik Words of Wisdom], Ann Fienup-Riordan examines Yup'ik Eskimo culture, oral tradition, and instruction, making important contributions not only to the fields of anthropology and ethnohistory but also to the international discussion of indigenous peoples' autonomy and cultural practices and vitality. . . . Fienup-Riordan's work is significant and timely. . . . "Wise Words of the Yup'ik People" and [Yup'ik Words of Wisdom] together honor the richness of oral tradition among Alaska Natives while addressing a broader audience of the next generation of Yup'ik people, scholars of various disciplines, and policymakers alike."-Andrea D. Robertson, "Pacific Northwest Quarterly"; Vol. 97, No.3, Summer 2006; rec'd 12/4/2006.
EAN: 9780803269125
ISBN: 0803269129
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2005
Seitenanzahl: 347 Seiten
Übersetzer/Sprecher: Übersetzt von Alice Rearden
Format: kartoniert
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