Raven's Children: Word Sketches of the Land and Native Arctic Peoples of Alaska

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iUniverse, Aug 1, 2003 - Poetry - 136 pages
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Songs, stories, legends and chants of the "Eskimo" people of the Arctic Rim and Alaska (the Yupik, Inuit, Inupiat, Chukchi, Inuvialiut, Loucheux, Denendeh and other Northern First Nations) are the material from which the "word-sketches" of "Raven's Children" are made.

The author prefers not to call this collection "poetry," but in one way that is what this book is: poetry. Here then is a sort of poetry where stories of life's experiences are distilled into feelings and thoughts that are universal. Tales taken from real-life travels and adventures among the dwellers of the land of the white dawn are in these pages. Here are tales of love, betrayal, courage, defeat, acceptance, loss, grief, passion, delight, courting, coming of age, birth and death, youth and old age, hunting and surviving. The day-to-day existence; the business of survival in a harsh land is the theme; the people, places and animals of Alaska and the Northland are the subjects.

"These great people, their lives entwined and dependent upon one another in the inhospitable world they inhabit, inspired me to create these "word-sketches" detailing a land, its people and animals, at many points in time and in many places across the Arctic Rim." -- Jacques L. Condor (Maka Tai Meh)

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Jacques L. Condor, a resident of more than fifty years in Alaska and the northwest Pacific Coast has lived and taught the art, history and culture of his Native American Algonkin heritage around the Pacific Rim. Condor has had a varied career as college professor, art director, gallery owner, TV and stage actor and director, film actor and a children's art and drama teacher. He taught for the Federal Government's Native American Indian Education program for the past ten years in the state of California, before retiring in 1999. He has been the recipient of five State Arts Grants to develop Native American Theater in Alaska and three in California. Condor, who is 73, lives with his wife, Diana Seno, in the foothills of the San Bernardino mountains. He devotes his time to writing, painting, and his grandchildren.

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