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Boundaries and Passages: Rule and Ritual in Yupik Eskimo Oral Tradition Ann Fienup-Riordan

Boundaries and Passages: Rule and Ritual in Yupik Eskimo Oral Tradition

Ann Fienup-Riordan

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ISBN : 9780806126043
Hardcover
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This book brings together as complete a record of traditional Yupik rules and rituals as is possible in the late twentieth century. Incorporating elders recollections of the system of ruled boundaries and ritual passages that guided their parentsMoreThis book brings together as complete a record of traditional Yupik rules and rituals as is possible in the late twentieth century. Incorporating elders recollections of the system of ruled boundaries and ritual passages that guided their parents and grandparents a century ago, Ann Fienup-Riordan brings into focus the complex, creative Yupik world view - expressed by ceremonial exchanges and the cycling of names, gifts, and persons - which continues to shape daily life in communities along the Bering Sea coast. Her analysis is illustrated with many contemporary and historical photographs. Identifying metaphors to live by, Fienup-Riordan tells of the Boy Who Went to Live with Seals and the Girl Who Returned from the Dead. She explains how in Yupik cosmology their stories illustrate relationships among human beings, animals, and the spirit world - the boundaries and passages between death and the renewal of life.