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Tsimshian Narratives I: Tricksters. Shamans and Heroes

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Anthropologists have long recognised that oral traditions play an important part in the lives of pre-literate peoples. With the advent of more sophisticated methods of analysis, such traditions can relate a great deal more to us about those peoples, their cultures and even about the nature of human thought. The resultant increased interest in myths, legends, and folk-tales has, however, not been restricted to academics. Public recognition of ethnic and cultural diversity has done much to promote the acceptance of those narrative forms as literatures that can be appreciated in their own terms. The narratives presented here come from the Tsimshian, Gitksan, and Nishga of Canada's Pacific coast. Those three societies are collectively referred to as Tsimshian by anthropologists because of their cultural similarities. Although some of their oral traditions have already been published, the bulk of those recorded by anthropologists have not. This book is intended to present more of them for both academic and non-academic audiences, resulting in a body of information on the Tsimshian which has few, if any, parallels in the history of anthropology.

Minor foxing on some pages. Slight creasing to page corners. Wear/fading to cover.

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Author(s):
Various Authors
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
1987
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0660107619
ISBN-13:
9780660107615
Number of pages:
342
Publisher:
Canadian Museum Of Civilization
Title:
Tsimshian Narratives I: Tricksters. Shamans and Heroes

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Anthropologists have long recognised that oral traditions play an important part in the lives of pre-literate peoples. With the advent of more sophisticated methods of analysis, such traditions can relate a great deal more to us about those peoples, their cultures and even about the nature of human thought. The resultant increased interest in myths, legends, and folk-tales has, however, not been restricted to academics. Public recognition of ethnic and cultural diversity has done much to promote the acceptance of those narrative forms as literatures that can be appreciated in their own terms. The narratives presented here come from the Tsimshian, Gitksan, and Nishga of Canada's Pacific coast. Those three societies are collectively referred to as Tsimshian by anthropologists because of their cultural similarities. Although some of their oral traditions have already been published, the bulk of those recorded by anthropologists have not. This book is intended to present more of them for both academic and non-academic audiences, resulting in a body of information on the Tsimshian which has few, if any, parallels in the history of anthropology.

Minor foxing on some pages. Slight creasing to page corners. Wear/fading to cover.

Author(s):
Various Authors
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
1987
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0660107619
ISBN-13:
9780660107615
Number of pages:
342
Publisher:
Canadian Museum Of Civilization
Title:
Tsimshian Narratives I: Tricksters. Shamans and Heroes

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