Dall Sheep Dinner Guest:

Inupiaq Narratives of Northwest Alaska

Wanni Anderson

Dall Sheep Dinner Guest:
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Wanni Anderson

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

304 pages | black and white illustrations | 6 x 9
Cloth $39.95 ISBN: 9781889963747 Published May 2005
The rich storytelling tradition of the Inupiaq Eskimos of Alaska is showcased in this unique 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 of the Native storytellers. This collection includes a new version of the Qayaq cycle, one of the best-known legends from the region, which is told by Nora Norton. Each story provides insight into Inupiaq worldview, human-animal relationships, and the organization of family life.

The stories are accompanied by two in-depth introductory essays by Wanni W. Anderson that provide cultural and narrative background. Anderson's essays demonstrate her focus on the narrative context of storytelling, as well as her sensitivity to details such as Inupiaq exclamations, gender, age, and regional differences, and the concept of story ownership. This volume is a significant contribution to Native literature and Alaska anthropology.

Stories include:
Raven Who Brought Back the Land, by Robert Nasruk Cleveland
The Cannibal Child, by Nora Norton
The Girl Who Had No Wish to Marry, by Willie Goodwin, Sr.
The Fast Runner, by Leslie Burnett
The Raven and the Loon, by Nellie Russell
The Mouse and the Man in the Qayaq, by Minnie Gray
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