Qanemcit Amllertut/Many Stories to Tell

Tales of Humans and Animals from Southwest Alaska

Edited by Ann Fienup-Riordan

Qanemcit Amllertut/Many Stories to Tell

Edited by Ann Fienup-Riordan

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

Translated and Transcribed by Alice Rearden
392 pages | 12 color plates | 7 x 10
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781602233362 Published November 2017
This bilingual collection shares new translations of old stories recorded over the last four decades though interviews with Yup’ik elders from throughout southwest Alaska. Some are true qulirat (traditional tales), while others are recent. Some are well known, like the adventures of the wily Raven, while others are rarely told. All are part of a great narrative tradition, shared and treasured by Yup’ik people into the present day.
This is the first region-wide collection of traditional Yup’ik tales and stories from Southwest Alaska. The elders and translators who contributed to this collection embrace the great irony of oral traditions: that the best way to keep these stories is to give them away. By retelling these stories, they hope to create a future in which the Yup’ik view of the world will be both recognized and valued.
Contents
 Kalikam Imai
 
The Book’s Contents
 
Illustrations / Tarenrat Nunanguat-llu
 
Acknowledgements / Quyavikelput
 
Those Who Told Stories / Qanemcillret
 
Introduction / Kalikam Ayagnara
 
Yup’ik Transcription and Translation / Yugtun Igautellrit Kass’atun-llu
 
Translation / Mumigtellrit
 
FIRST ANCESTORS / CIULIAQATUUT
 
There Are Many Stories / Qanemcit Amllertut
 
Short Raven Legends / Tulukaruum Qulingssaari
 
Raven Legends / Tulukaruum Qulirai
 
Raven and Squirrel / Tulukaruk Qanganaarrluar-llu
 
Raven and Two Redpolls / Tulukaruk Puyitaaraak-llu
 
Raven and Snowy Owl / Tulukaruk Anipaq-llu
 
Raven and Bowhead Whale / Tulukaruk Arveq-luu
 
A Poor Young Lad / Yun’engqurraurluq
 
First Ancestor / Ciuliaqatuk
 
How Nunivak Came to Be Inhabited / Nuniwam Cung’eqarraarutii
 
HUMANS AND ANIMALS / YUUT, UNGUNGSSIT, IMARPIGMIUTAAT-LLU
 
Sparrow Story / Tekciugglugaat
 
Muskrat and Grebe / Kanaqliinkuk Qaleqcuuk-llu
 
Red Fox and White-fronted Goose / Kaviaq Neqleq-llu
 
Caribou Boy / Tan’gurraq Tuntuq
 
One Who Speared a Human / Narulkaqenglleq Yugmek
 
Our Father was Saved by a Dog / Atavut Qimugtem Anirtullrua
 
Ayugutarin / Ayugutarin
 
Small One Who Drifted Away / Atertayagaq
 
GRANDMOTHER AND GRANDCHILD / ANUURLUQELRIIK
 
Grandmother and Grandchild / Anuurluqelriik
 
One Who Changed the Weather / Ellaliulleq
 
One Who Transformed into a Water Beetle / Melnguurtelleq
 
Long Nails / Cetugpak
 
The Little Needlefish / Quarruuggaurluq
 
WHEN EXTRAORDINARY BEINGS WERE PRESENT / CAT PAIVNGALLRATNI
 
Ircenrraat Stories / Ircenrraat Qanemciit
 
Ircenraat and Inglugpayugaat / Ircenrraat Inglugpayugaat-llu
 
Those Pretending to Arrive / Agiirrnguat
 
Person Who Came upon Wolf Pups / Keglunyagarnek Tekitelleq
 
At Cuukvagtuli / Cuukvagtulimi
 
One Who Became What He Saw / Tangvallermitun Ayuqlirilleq
 
SPRIT HELPERS / TUUNRAT
 
Neryull’er / Neryull’er
 
One Who Stole Spirit Helpers from a Powerful Shaman / Tuunrairilleq Angalkurpagmek
 
OTHER WORLDS / ELLAT ALLAT
 
Pamalirugmiut / Pamalirugmiut
 
Ones Who Went Beneath / Aciirutellret
 
Woman with Long Hair / Arnaq Nuyarpaulria
 
Qanikcaartuli / Qanikcaartuli
 
ANIMALS RECIPROCATE / UNGUNGSSIT IMARPIGMIUTAAT-LLU AKINAUTULLRAT
 
Care of Fish and Food / Neqem Auluksaraa
 
Common Loon Story / Tunutellgem Qanemcia
 
Swallows / Kauturyaraat
 
Those with Healing Hands / Unatengqellriit
 
The Strength of a Poor Person’s Mind / Naklegnarqelriim Umyugaan Kayutacia
 
Notes
 
Collection Notes
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index
 
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