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Identifier:HA984B1999
Title A Story as Sharp as a Knife
Description:
Book: A Story as Sharp as a Knife
Prologue: Reading What Cannot Be Written
1. Goose Food
2. Spoken Music
3. The One They Hand Along
4. Wealth Has Big Eyes
5. Oral Tradition and the Individual Talent
6. The Anthropologist and the Dogfish
7. Who's Related to Whom?
8. The Epic Dream
9. The Shaping of the Canon
10. The Flyting of Skaay and Xhyuu
11. You Are That Too
12. Sleek Blue Beings
13. The Iridescent Silence of the Trickster
14. The Last People in the World
15. A Knife That Could Open Its Mouth
16. The Historian of Ttanuu
17. Chase What's Gone
18. A Blue Hole in the Heart
19. The Prosody of Meaning
20. Shellheap of the Gods
21. 1 November 1908
22. How the Town Mother's Wife Became the Widow of Her Husband's Sister's Sons
App. 1. Haida Spelling and Pronunciation
App. 2. Haida as a Written Language
App. 3. Spelling of Other Native American Languages
App. 4. The Structure of Skaay's Raven Travelling
App. 5. Haida Village Names
App. 6. A Short Pronouncing Glossary of Haida People and Places.
The linguist and ethnographer John Swanton took dictation from the last great Haida-speaking storytellers, poets and historians from the fall of 1900 through the summer of 1901. His Haida hosts and colleagues had been raised in a wholly oral world where the mythic and the personal interpenetrate completely. They joined forces with their visitor, consciously creating a great treasury of Haida oral literature in written form. Poet and linguist Robert Bringhurst has worked for many years with these century-old manuscripts, which have waited until now for the broad recognition they deserve.
ca.527pp
Contributors Bringhurst, Robert (author)
Date1999
Type Text
Subject Language(s) Haida
LingType dialogue


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