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ISBN 10: 0394540603 / ISBN 13: 9780394540603
Published by Pantheon Books, 1990
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Norman, Howard, ed. NORTHERN TALES; TRADITIONAL STORIES OF ESKIMO AND INDIAN PEOPLES. NY: Pantheon Books, c1990. First Edition. 333pp. bibliography, small b/w illustrations throughout text. 8vo. Remainder mark on upper edge of textblock, else fine hardcover in d/w. Bookseller Inventory # 61349

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Publisher: Pantheon Books

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Stated First Edition. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket.


Mention the Arctic and most people think of the North Pole, polar bears, Eskimos, and a whole lot of ice and snow. That's fine, as far as it goes, but there's a lot more to the Arctic and subarctic than Nanook of the North. Consider, for example, the Ainu people of Hokkaido, an island of Japan, or the Chukchee of Siberia; add in the native peoples of Greenland, Canada, and the Aleutian Islands and you've got a vast geographical area diverse in cultures. Different as the traditions and individual ways of life might be from tribe to tribe and region to region, there are some fundamental similarities in Arctic peoples' experience--a harsh and unforgiving environment, hunting and fishing as a way of life, and, above all, a rich oral tradition. It is with this oral tradition that Howard Norman is chiefly concerned. He has collected 116 folktales from a variety of northern peoples and organized them into categories such as "Tricksters and Culture Heroes," "Shaman Stories," and "Stories of Strange and Menacing Neighbors," among others. Each section is prefaced with a short introduction that provides a solid basis for understanding important themes. Whales, skunks, cannibals, and ghosts are just some of the characters that populate these tales from the top of the world.

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