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NORTHERN TALES (Signed by author)

Norman, Howard

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ISBN 10: 0394540603 / ISBN 13: 9780394540603
Published by Pantheon, New York, 1990
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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SIGNED BY AUTHOR. 343 pages. Brown and white cloth cover, gilt design, very light foxing. Dust jacket has minor wear to edges. Slight foxing on edges, but inside is clean and unmarked, with b&w illustrations throughout. A nice, bright copy. Record # 455790. Bookseller Inventory # 455790

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Title: NORTHERN TALES (Signed by author)

Publisher: Pantheon, New York

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Northern Tales transports readers to the haunting, mysterious world of the north. From tales of village life to stores of wily tricksters and wise shamans, from accounts of love and marriage to tales that warn of the danger in Northern hearts, Howard Norman offers stories of ordinary and extraordinary events.

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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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