Northern Tales: Traditional Stories of Eskimo and Indian Peoples

Northern Tales: Traditional Stories of Eskimo and Indian PeoplesFrom Greenland To Siberia, From Alaska To Japan, From Canada To North Pole, Here Are Than One Hundred Folktales From Than Thirty Tribal Peoples Who Make Their Home In The Arctic And Subarctic RegionsBy Turns Tragic And Comic, Fantastic And Earthy, Uncanny And Profound, These Tales Transport Us To The Haunting, Little Known World Of The Far North, Capturing Its Fragile Majesty And Power, Enlightening Us About The Sacredness Of Life And The Unique Relationship Between Man And Nature In This Most Remote Part Of Our World Included Here Are Stories About Village Life, About Shamans And Tricksters, And About All Kinds Of Extraordinary Animals They Reflect A Rich Diveristy Of Traditions And Cultures, Spanning The Centuries From The Prehistoric Way Back Time Through The Coming Of The First White Explorers

Howard A Norman born 1949 , is an American award winning writer and educator Most of his short stories and novels are set in Canada s Maritime Provinces He has written several translations of Algonquin, Cree, Eskimo, and Inuit folklore His books have been translated into 12 languages.

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  • Paperback
  • 343 pages
  • Northern Tales: Traditional Stories of Eskimo and Indian Peoples
  • Howard Norman
  • English
  • 04 July 2017
  • 9780375702679

10 thoughts on “Northern Tales: Traditional Stories of Eskimo and Indian Peoples

  1. says:

    This is a rather varied collection of Inuit and other Northern people folk tales though, there doesn t seem to be any Lapp tales The tales are varied in style, which means the reader s reaction to the tales is going to vary Many of the tales are sexual, and sometimes you wonder things like, Why is it important that she is naked or how come the women are naked but not the men But they are still good fun.The tales are different in tone than say European folktales and the fairy tales that are commonly read to children It makes one wonder why Why are the Northern tales sexual, blunt about it Is it the weather One wonders.And I actually think this is one of the few folktale collections I ve read that doesn t have a Cinderella variant in it.

  2. says:

    Great tales, but storytellers are often difficult to follow, understand.See my other ten word book reviews at my blog

  3. says:

    Northern Tales Traditional Stories of Eskimo and Indian Peoples contains 116 stories from the people of the arctic and subarctic region of the world Number 12 of my collection of fairy folk tales, this one was one of the enjoyable ones to read.Part one The Embarrassment of the Cranberry Partners Stories of Village Life includes stories on social order, etiquette, and morality There s even mention of Bigfoot as a warning to children to heed their parents advice The stories in this section were the most like fairy tales in the western world From the tale, The Girl Who Watched in the Nighttime From mere shame the neighbors fell down and died The others lived on The girl lived with the boy, and when they grew up, they married She had many children All the people loved her She was rich. If only all the stories were this happily ever after We know though, that that isn t necessarily true in regards to a true fairy folk tale, amirite In another story from this section, we begin with Once there were two men, a father and a son, who always went off together to do murder. Turns out they are cannibals Part two, Why Owls Die with Wings Outspread How Things Got to Be the Way They Are, are stories of creation, the first sightings of white people, and the bringing of material things to people One of my favorites was, How The Narwhal Got its Tusk.Part three is titled Endless Wandering Tricksters and Cultural Heroes It seems every culture has stories of a jester type, playing tricks on people Part four, The Stubbornness of Blue jays Stories About Animals, was interesting though nearly ALL of the stories in the books had animals in them Carried Off By the Moon Shaman Stories is section five These, too, were really interesting, if only because of the role of the Shaman in so many of these cultures Shaman are central to life in these regions, and for these people Shamans varied from group to group, but overall, were a mysterious being They could be male or female, although the stories were male dominated and they could do things like control the weather, heal people, give good luck, resurrect the dead, prophesize, etc etc They used their powers for the good of mankind for the most part, and the tales in this section either tell how a Shaman came to be or what they did for a group of people.Part six, Thrashing Spirits and Ten Legged Polar Bears Stories of Strange and Menacing Neighbors is where you ll find stories of dwarfs, giants, ghosts, etc I wish there would ve been tales in this section.Part seven, The Day Auks Netted Hid Well Hunting Stories are tales of providing food According to the Koyukon Indians, Human existence depends on a morally based relationship with the overarching powers of nature As a vegetarian, I really really , don t want to read a bunch of stories about animals being killed, but this section s stories are than that The stories here point out how the animals are an equally vital part of a village Many hold beliefs that if certain precautions aren t taken i e animals prepared properly, bones hung outside of a village, fat burned in a fire, etc then the animals spirit cannot be returned to the world and punishment would follow The last section, section eight Wolf s Bride, Star Husbands Stories About All Sorts of Marriages, is exactly that Marriages between men and women, women and stars, even a woman and an octopus The most popular motif had to be men and women marrying bears, though.Overall, it was a great read Typically when I dive into one of my fairy tale books, I have to take it a bit at a time These were easy reads, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading stories where the animals were orcas, belugas, sea lions, sea lice, etc etc Many of the stories overlap there are so many instances of animals in stories, I was surprised that there was a separate section for it Most surprising was how many stories dealt with cannibalism and the story of the boy made from skunk shit so that skunk could trick all of the women in a village into being his wives.

  4. says:

    This collection has its highs and lows like any other, and there are plenty of kind of boring or inscrutable stories In general, though, it very much reflects the singular frank, often brutal, mythological storytelling I was hoping for The weird genital magic and horrific monsters teased in those very short stories in the Angela Carter collection is very much present and a lot of fun What I found surprising and perhaps even compelling, was the storytelling style and world building tone at work to the extent that I even worried that Norman had ghostwritten these to obtain a consistent style this definitely is not the case, the stories are presented very literally as they were transcribed, even up to and including some gestures and a few very awkward translations Compared to the fairytales and myths I ve been reading, both Eurasian in that Angela Carter collection and Native American, these stories feel a notch or two closer to contemporary horror stories They feel a little bit less formal, a little psychological They still have the fairytale magic, where a random person tells the protagonists to do something very particular but seemingly minor, and then their problem is solved But while some of them have a happy ending, they don t feel as clich Part of it is that characters are slightly motivated and distinct, but this is definitely not true of plenty of the stories Another element might be that few of these stories feel like variants of each other there is a Baba Yaga variant but I don t think I recognized any of the rest of them I don t know if that indicates they are genuinely unique or even record actual events, or if that is just an artifact of the curation Anyway, there are a few of these that honestly could be the plot for a great contemporary horror movie, especially the ones that deal with shamans.

  5. says:

    Picture them told around a fire in a warm iglu

  6. says:

    This is a collection of stories from native people who live in the far north the blend of what I think of as traditional US stories and Russian folktales is fascinating

  7. says:

    selected, edited retold by Howard Norman The Bird Artist New York Pantheon Books, 1990another set of mildly disturbing adult tales, reminiscent of Barbecued

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