The Social Life of Stories: Narrative and Knowledge in the Yukon Territory

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U of Nebraska Press, 1.8.2000 - 221 sivua
In this theoretically sophisticated study of indigenous oral narratives, Julie Cruikshank moves beyond the text to explore the social significance of storytelling. Circumpolar Native peoples today experience strikingly different and often competing systems of narrative and knowledge. These systems include traditional oral stories; the authoritative, literate voice of the modern state; and the narrative forms used by academic disciplines to represent them to outsiders. Pressured by other systems of narrative and truth, how do Native peoples use their stories and find them still meaningful in the late twentieth century? Why does storytelling continue to thrive? What can anthropologists learn from the structure and performance of indigenous narratives to become better academic storytellers themselves?



Cruikshank addresses these questions by deftly blending the stories gathered from her own fieldwork with interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives on dialogue and storytelling, including the insights of Walter Benjamin, Mikhail Bakhtin, and Harold Innis. Her analysis reveals the many ways in which the artistry and structure of storytelling mediate between social action and local knowledge in indigenous northern communities.

 

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Preface
xi
Acknowledgments
xix
Note on Transcription
xxiii
My Roots Grow in Jackpine Roots Culture History and Narrative Practice in the Yukon
1
Petes Song Establishing Meanings through Story and Song
25
Yukon Arcadia Oral Tradition Indigenous Knowledge and the Fragmentation of Meaning
45
Confronting Cultural Erasure Images of Society in Klondike Gold Rush Narratives
71
Imperfect Translations Rethinking Objects of Ethnographic Collection
98
Claiming Legitimacy Prophecy Narratives from Northern Aboriginal Women
116
Negotiating with Narrative Establishing Cultural Identity at the Yukon International Storytelling Festival
138
Epilogue
161
Notes
167
Bibliography
187
Index
207
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Julie Cruikshank is a professor of anthropology at the University of British Columbia. She is the author of Life Lived Like a Story: Life Stories of Three Yukon Native Elders (Nebraska 1990), winner of the 1992 MacDonald Prize.

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