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Carolyn Podruchny


This article compares the trickster stories of Anishinaabeg (Ojibwes) and Ininiw (Cree) people, specifically the Swampy Cree or Omushkegowak, in northern Canada. Focusing on one storyteller from each culture—Omushkego Louis Bird from the west coast of James Bay and Anishinaabe William Berens from the east coast of Lake Winnipeg—the article demonstrates that the long-term practice of telling sacred stories taught Indigenous peoples how to survive and thrive in their harsh environments. Although Omushkego stories highlight the importance of individual resourcefulness for survival, stories from both cultures emphasize that people should live together in communities to achieve the best life. The article also emphasizes the importance of appreciating local distinctiveness, listening carefully to Indigenous voices, and seeking guidance from Indigenous people.

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Alexander B. Dolitsky

This review of the traditional narratives of the indigenous people of the Chukchi and Kamchatka Peninsulas identifies major genres, motifs, plots, and subjects found in Siberian Yupik, Chukchi, Kerek, Koryak, and Itelmen narrative folklore, as well as specific features of the folklore of each of the peoples of the Chukotka-Kamchatka region. In addition to discussing the subjects and motifs found in the narrative tales from Chukotka and Kamchatka, the article reviews developments surrounding the typology and classification of oral traditions of the indigenous cultures of the region and the overall value of the tales as a prehistoric and ethnographic source. This survey will be of interest to those fond of traditional narratives of the Russian Far East, as well as to specialists interested in comparative-typological research of oral narratives in anthropology.

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Alexander D. King

This project is titled “Koryak Ethnopoetics: Stories from Herders and Maritime Villagers” and emerges from my long interest in oral narratives in Koryak. It is funded by a grant from the Endangered Language Documentation Project (ELDP).1 The general goal of the project is to document spoken Koryak, especially oral narratives, primarily by speakers of less studied dialects. Koryak varies quite a bit from one dialect to another, and this project will provide a better set of linguistic data for Koryak. In my previous fieldwork, I found that many people wanted me to share the realities of their traditions, their stories, their lives with the wider world. More Koryaks are concerned about having their name spelled correctly in my publications than being anonymous. This documentation project is ultimately about addressing the inequalities of voice as discussed by Dell Hymes (1996). I have found it rare that my academic research makes a real difference in people’s lives. However, that is exactly the feeling I got when talking to Koryaks about our documentation project in northern Kamchatka; it is work that makes a difference for many people in Kamchatka. Indigenous Kamchatkans face great struggles to have their voices heard but soon there will be an open and easily accessible archive of nearly 200 hours of what they want to say. The majority of participants we recorded had the goal of putting their native born language on record. They wanted their language, the language that their grandchildren don’t understand, recorded so that someone, anyone could hear it even after their death. Most people we approached had a clear sense of legacy. A few treasured the opportunity to speak with with my research partner, who was an excellent conversational partner in Koryak and is honestly interested in what the elder had to say.

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Casey High

beyond oral narrative without writing, Severi examines how, in ritual, deliberately counter-intuitive images are ordered into sequences to become memorable. It is the chimera figure, a combination of heterogeneous features of different beings, that gives

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Raphaël Baroni

text: it is usually co-extensive with its presentation, whether page by page or, in an oral narrative, word by word. It is widely affirmed that narrative and its reception are sequential processes and that simultaneous events must therefore be presented

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Tlingit Repatriation in Museums

Ceremonies of Sovereignty

Aldona Jonaitis

. Dauenhauer , Nora Marks , and Richard Dauenhauer , eds. 1987 . Haa Shuká, Our Ancestors: Tlingit Oral Narratives . Seattle : University of Washington Press . Dauenhauer , Nora Marks , and Richard Dauenhauer . 1990 . Haa Tuwunáagu Yís, for

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Giving and Taking without Reciprocity

Conversations in South India and the Anthropology of Ethics

Soumhya Venkatesan

on oral narrative and moral being. On one occasion, RB and Prasad were talking about encounters with renouncers when he recalled an incident from his childhood that took place in the 1960s. Prasad quotes the conversation in full (ibid.: 198–200). I

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Narratives of Development

An Anthropological Investigation into Narratives as a Source of Enquiry in Development Planning

Taapsi Ramchandani

: 296 ). Whether textual or oral, narratives are organised around ‘events’ or a ‘change of state’ ( Hühn 2013 ). Events give narratives a temporal dimension that manifests in a ‘before’ and ‘after’ sequencing of occurrences. Narratives, through their

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“SpiritS Follow the words”

Stories as Spirit Traces among the Khmu of Northern Laos

Rosalie Stolz

. 1987 . Cosmologies in the Making: A Generative Approach to Cultural Variation in Inner New Guinea . Cambridge : Cambridge University Press . Bauman , Richard . 1986 . Story, Performance, and Event: Contextual Studies of Oral Narrative . Cambridge

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Adaptation Lived as a Story

Why We Should Be Careful about the Stories We Use to Tell Other Stories

Nicole Klenk

make my argument, I will draw from anthropological studies of oral narratives of Indigenous peoples ( Cruikshank 1998 , 2005 ; Doerfler et al. 2014 ), recent philosophical scholarship of social sciences practices ( Savransky 2016a ), and materialist