Traditional Narratives of the Akikara Indians

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Author: Parks, Douglas R (editor)

Year: 1991

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

Place: Lincoln


4 volumes: Volume 1: Stories of Alfred Morsette: Interlineear Linguistic Texts xxxiv+684 pages with appendix, Quarto (10 1/4" x 7 1/4"); Volume 2: Stories of Other Narrators: Interlinear Linguistic Texts xiv+[685]-1344 pages with appendix, Quarto (10 1/4" x 7 1/4"); Volume 3: Stories of Alfred Morsette: English Translations xxv+468 pages with 5 maps, 23 plates, bibliography and index, Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6 1/4"); Volume 4: Stories of Other Narrators: English Translations xv+[469]-902 pages with 23 plates, bibliography and index, Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6 1/4") all issued in black cloth with white lettering to spine and white and gilt lettering to cover. (Studies in the Anthropology of North American Indians series) 1st edition.

Traditional Narrative of the Arikara Indians is a four-volume set comprising 156 Arikara oral traditions that range in content from mythology and other folkloristic genres to historical narratives and cultural descriptions. The collection provides comprehensive coverage of the major genres in the historical and literary tradition of the Arikaras, and through the contributions of numerous narrators illustrates what has survived into the late twentieth century of its fundamental attributes as well as its topical diversity and range of stylistic variation. Presented in volume 1 and 2 are transcriptions of the original Arikara oral recordings of these narratives accompanied by literal word-by-word English translations. Each volume also contains one morphologically analyzed text illustrating word composition in the language. The narratives of a single individual, Alfred Mosette, constitute volume 1, while the narratives of all other contributors comprise volume 2. Free English translation of the texts are presented in volume 3 and 4, in which the arrangement of the stories parallels their presentation in the first two volumes. Volume 3, moreover, begins with an extended introduction that serves the entire collection, covering all topics but those that relate to the tape recordings and the presentation of the linguistic texts themselves, the latter of which topics are discussed in volume 1.


A near fine set issued without jackets.

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