Algonquian spirit: contemporary translations of the Algonquian literatures of North America

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University of Nebraska Press, Jan 1, 2005 - Foreign Language Study - 532 pages
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When Europeans first arrived on this continent, Algonquian languages were spoken from the northeastern seaboard through the Great Lakes region, across much of Canada, and even in scattered communities of the American West. The rich and varied oral tradition of this Native language family, one of the farthest-flung in North America, comes brilliantly to life in this remarkably broad sampling of Algonquian songs and stories from across the centuries. Ranging from the speech of an early unknown Algonquian to the famous Walam Olum hoax, from retranslations of “classic” stories to texts appearing here for the first time, these are tales written or told by Native storytellers, today as in the past, as well as oratory, oral history, and songs sung to this day. An essential introduction and captivating guide to Native literary traditions still thriving in many parts of North America, Algonquian Spirit contains vital background information and new translations of songs and stories reaching back to the seventeenth century. Drawing from Arapaho, Blackfeet, Cheyenne, Cree, Delaware, Maliseet, Menominee, Meskwaki, Miami-Illinois, Mi'kmaq, Naskapi, Ojibwe, Passamaquoddy, Potawatomi, and Shawnee, the collection gathers a host of respected and talented singers, storytellers, historians, anthropologists, linguists, and tribal educators, both Native and non-Native, from the United States and Canada—all working together to orchestrate a single, complex performance of the Algonquian languages.

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Contents

EASTERN SEABOARD COMMUNITY
42
MUNSEE
49
PASSAMAQUODDY
72
Ann Morrison Spinney
84
Translated by Philip S LeSourd
105
MIKMAQ
112
NASKAPI
121
PLAINS CREE
137
The Origin of War
170
That Way We Should Be Walking
185
POTAWATOMI
201
ARAPAHO
448
Three Stories
472
Andrew CoweU
478
BLACKFEET
495
CHEYENNE
501

Philip Einish Marguerite Mackenzie
150
OJIBWE
159
Contributors
511
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About the author (2005)

Brian Swann is on the faculty of humanities and social sciences at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. His many works include Voices from Four Directions: Contemporary Translations of the Native Literatures of North America and (with Arnold Krupat) I Tell You Now: Autobiographical Essays by Native American Writers, both available in Bison Books editions.

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