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Agayuliyararput/Our Way of Making Prayer: Kegginaqut, Kangiit-llu/Yupik Masks and the Stories They Tell
Agayuliyararput/Our Way of Making Prayer: Kegginaqut, Kangiit-llu/Yupik Masks and the Stories They Tell Fienup-Riordan, Ann 0295975091 9780295975092 Drawing on the remembrances of elders who were born in the early 1900s and saw the last masked Yupik
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Agayuliyararput/Our Way of Making Prayer: Kegginaqut, Kangiit-llu/Yupik Masks and the Stories They Tell by Fienup-Riordan, Ann

Drawing on the remembrances of elders who were born in the early 1900s and saw the last masked Yupik dances before missionary efforts forced their decline, Agayuliyararput is a collection of first-person accounts of the rich culture surrounding Yupik masks. Stories by thirty-three elders from all over southwestern Alaska, presented in parallel Yupik and English texts, include a wealth of information about the creation and function of masks and the environment in which they flourished. The full-length, unannotated stories are complete with features of oral storytelling such as repetition and digression; the language of the English translation follows the Yupik idiom as closely as possible. Reminiscences about the cultural setting of masked dancing are grouped into chapters on the traditional Yupik ceremonial cycle, the use of masks, life in the qasgiq (communal mens house), the suppression and revival of masked dancing, maskmaking, and dance and song. Stories are grouped geographically, representing the Yukon, Kuskokwim, and coastal areas. The subjects of the stories and the masks made to accompany them are the Arctic animals, beings, and natural forces on which humans depended. This book will be treasured by the Yupik residents of southwestern Alaska and an international audience of linguists, folklorists, anthropologists, and art historians.

Author: Fienup-Riordan, Ann

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 272

Publisher: University of Washington Press

Publication Date: 1996-01-01

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Fienup-Riordan, Ann (Edition: First Edition) Paperback