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The Social Life of Stories Narrative and Knowledge in the Yukon Territory
by Cruikshank, Julie

The Social Life of Stories Narrative and Knowledge in the Yukon Territory 
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  The Social Life of Stories Narrative and Knowledge in the Yukon Territory: In this illuminating and theoretically sophisticated study of indigenous oral narratives, Julie Cruikshank moves beyond the text to explore the social power and significance of storytelling. Circumpolar Native peoples today experience strikingly different and often competing systems of narrative and knowledge. These systems include more traditional oral stories; the authoritative, literature 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, among others). Her analysis reveals clearly the many powerful ways in which the artistry and structure of storytelling mediate between social action and local knowledge in indigenous northern communities.

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Weight:0.34 kg
Price: CDN$ 32.95 (US$ 32.06)
Author:Cruikshank, Julie
Publisher:University of British Columbia Press
Vancouver, B.C.
Publication Date:8/2000
Pages:211 pp
Size/Dimensions:9 x 6 x .75 inches


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