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Being in being : the collected works of Skaay of the Qquuna Qiighawaay

Author: Skaay; Robert Bringhurst
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2001.
Series: Masterworks of the classical Haida mythtellers, v. 3.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Skaay of the Qquuna Qiighawaay was born in the Haida village of Qquuna about 1827 and lived most of his adult life in the village of Ttanuu. He survived the epidemics that annihilated more than nine-tenths of the Haida population, and at the dawn of the twentieth century he was living in the mission village of Skidegate, revered for his knowledge of the myths." "In September 1900 a young American linguist named  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Folklore
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Skaay, b. 1827?
Being in being.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2001
(OCoLC)606674854
Online version:
Skaay, b. 1827?
Being in being.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2001
(OCoLC)608288097
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Skaay; Robert Bringhurst
ISBN: 080321328X 9780803213289
OCLC Number: 48593797
Description: 397 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Masterworks of the classical Haida mythtellers, v. 3.
Responsibility: edited & translated by Robert Bringhurst.
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"Skaay of the Qquuna Qiighawaay was born in the Haida village of Qquuna about 1827 and lived most of his adult life in the village of Ttanuu. He survived the epidemics that annihilated more than nine-tenths of the Haida population, and at the dawn of the twentieth century he was living in the mission village of Skidegate, revered for his knowledge of the myths." "In September 1900 a young American linguist named John Swanton came to the Haida country, determined to learn everything he could of Haida culture. Two weeks after he arrived he and Skaay were introduced, and in October and November 1900 Skaay dictated to John Swanton, in the classical Haida language, the contents of this book." "Being in Being includes all the surviving works of this master Haida storyteller: (1) The Qquuna Cycle, which at 5,500 lines is the longest extant work of Haida poetry and one of the great monuments of Native American literature; (2) Raven Travelling, the longest and most complex trickster story ever recorded on the Northwest Coast, and (3) The Qquuna Qiighawaay, which is the brief and poignant story of Skaay's maternal lineage."--Jacket.

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