By Ann Fienup-Riordan,Marie Meade

Drawing at the remembrances of elders who have been born within the early 1900s and observed the final masked Yup�ik dances sooner than missionary efforts pressured their decline, Agayuliyararput is a suite of first-person bills of the wealthy tradition surrounding Yup�ik mask. tales via thirty-three elders from far and wide southwestern Alaska, offered in parallel Yup�ik and English texts, comprise a wealth of knowledge in regards to the production and serve as of mask and the surroundings during which they flourished. The full-length, unannotated tales are entire with beneficial properties of oral storytelling equivalent to repetition and digression; the language of the English translation follows the Yup�ik idiom as heavily as possible.

Reminiscences concerning the cultural atmosphere of masked dancing are grouped into chapters at the conventional Yup�ik ceremonial cycle, using mask, lifestyles within the qasgiq (communal men�s house), the supression and revival of masked dancing, maskmaking, and dance and music. tales are grouped geographically, representing the Yukon, Kuskokwim, and coastal components. the themes of the tales and the mask made to accompany them are the Arctic animals, beings, and traditional forces on which people depended.

This ebook can be valuable via the Yup�ik citizens of southwestern Alaska and a world viewers of linguists, folklorists, anthropologists, and artwork historians.

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