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Words of the Real People

Alaska Native Literature in Translation

edited by Ann Fienup-Riordan and Lawrence D. Kaplan

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"Indispensable for readers of Alaska Native and American Indian literatures."
—Shari Huhndorf, University of Oregon


Words of the Real People collects the life stories, poetry, and oral literature of Alaska's Native speakers of Yupik, Inupiaq, and Alutiiq. This anthology, edited by anthropologist Ann Fienup-Riordan and linguist Lawrence Kaplan, includes ancient tales passed down for generations as well as new traditions that Alaska Natives are creating for the twenty-first century.

Accompanied by background essays on each Native group, the literature in this collection embraces Native Alaskan life in its richest forms. From tales of malevolent shamans to the poetry of the urban experience, Words of the Real People is a critical contribution to Alaska Native literature.

Contributors: Herbert Anungazuk, Esther Ilutsik, Deanna Kingston, Tom Lowenstein, Edna MacLean, Elsie Mather, Marie Meade, Vera Metcalf, Phyllis Morrow, Cathy Moses, Tadataka Nagai, Carol Omnik, Patricia Partnow, Alice Rearden, Willem de Reuse, Sophie Shield and Susie Silook.

Ann Fienup-Riordan has lived and worked in Alaska since 1973. She has written and edited more than twenty books on Yup’ik history and oral traditions. Her most recent book with the University of Alaska Press is Yungcautnguuq Nunam Qainga Tamarmi/All the Land's Surface is Medicine: Edible and Medicinal Plants of Southwest Alaska.

Lawrence D. Kaplan is director of the Alaska Native Language Center and professor of linguistics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is co-author of The Comparative Eskimo Dictionary.

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  • Hardcover Price: $55.00
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-60223-005-7
  • Paperback Price: $23.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60223-004-0
  • Publication Month: August
  • Publication Year: 2007
  • Pages: 328
  • Illustrations: 2: 4 maps
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: edited by Ann Fienup-Riordan and Lawrence D. Kaplan
  • ECommerce Code: 9781602230040

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