Qayaq

Kayaks of Alaska & Siberia

David Zimmerly

David Zimmerly

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

104 pages | black and white photos, illustrations | 9-1/2 x 9 | © 1981, 2009
Paper $16.95 ISBN: 9781889963105 Published April 2000
The story of Qayaq is one of the most enduring legends of Alaskan folklore, and this revised edition of the text by Emily Ivanoff Brown present the myth for the modern reader in vivid detail.  Qayaq recounts the epic tale of the hero Qayag as he leaves his hom in Siilvik Lake and journeys across northern Alaska and Canada.  Talking animals, supernatural gods, and Qayaq's many adventures weave together in this lyrical oral narrative, which took days or even weeks for actual storytellers to recite.  Enhanced with a new scholarly introduction, Qayaq is a masterpiece of Alaskan folklore that shares the richness of Eskimo literary heritage.
 
Contents
Foreword to the Second Edition
   James Ruppert, Professor of English and Alaska Native Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks
 
Foreword to the First Edition
   Esther T. De Witt
 
Introduction
 
Nunamiu Settles at Selawik
 
Nunamiu at Siilvik Lake
 
The Loss of Four Sons
 
The Birth and Life of Qayaq
 
Qayaq, Guest of the Giant
 
He Annihilates Strange People and Animals
 
He Encounters Many Oppressors
 
A Perilous Trip
 
Extermination of Spirited Driftwood
 
The Evil Chief's Plot
 
Extermination of the Evil Chief
 
 
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