Twana Narratives: Native Historical Accounts of a Coast Salish Culture

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9780774804752: Twana Narratives: Native Historical Accounts of a Coast Salish Culture

The Twana speech community of Coast Salish Indians lived, before 1860, in nine villages in western Washington. Twana Narratives presents first-person, insider accounts of Twana history, society, and religion, as told by natives Frank and Henry Allen to anthropologist William Elmendorf between 1934 and 1940. The Allens were born in the Hood Canal area in the mid-nineteenth century and were fluent in both English and Twana. The vigorous language of the eighty narratives, while predominantly English, is freely interspersed with key native terms denoting personal names, genealogical connections, and spirit powers and rituals. The texts, unique for the region and the period, reveal a strong sense of the local diversity within the larger Salish area and of the intricate interrelationships between village communities. Elmendorf encouraged his informants to select and discuss at length topics and events of interest to themselves, rather than respond to directed questioning. They were responsible for narrative emphases and for the expression of opinions and value judgments regarding reported events and activities. Elmendorf offers background information on the narrators themselves and notes the circumstances preceding their discussions. He suggests a chronology of datable events reported and discusses a history-myth continuum. To facilitate ethnographic analysis and cross-referencing, he groups the narratives within seven topical categories: movements and contacts (including origins of the Duhlelap Twana, missionaries, intervillage relations, and the Shakers); classes and class functions (including slaves, potlatches, and secret societies); society and the individual (including marriage. names,menstrual observances, and burial); war, feud, and murder; spirit power (including bodily possession and inherited power); shamans; and souls, magic, and ritual (including soul loss, love magic, and hate magic). With these narratives in hand, it is possible to compare their empha

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Elmendorf, William W.
Editore: University of Washington Press, Seattle (1993)
ISBN 10: 0774804750 ISBN 13: 9780774804752
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Descrizione libro University of Washington Press, Seattle, 1993. Cloth. Condizione libro: Collectible-Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. Native-Americans, anthropology, Twana. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Verbal history of the Coast Salish Indians. From the collection of Wayne Prescott Suttles, renowned anthropologist, scholar, and linguist regarding many Pacific cultures, and especially the U.S. Pacific Northwest Coast Salish people. Provenance provided upon request. Condition notes: Dr. Suttles is cited in several instances in this work. 306 numbered pp +1; HB w/DJ. Pages: clean, bright, tight; no defects. Cover: dk green, silver titles spine; minimal shelfwear. DJ: unclipped, glossy green, photo front, green/black titles front, white titles spine; minimal edge/shelfwear, short scratch to front. Codice libro della libreria 035540

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