Haa Tuwunáagu Yís, for Healing Our Spirit: Tlingit Oratory by Nora Marks Dauenhauer

Haa Tuwunáagu Yís, for Healing Our Spirit: Tlingit Oratory

byNora Marks Dauenhauer, Richard Dauenhauer

Paperback | December 1, 1990

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Haa Tuwunaagu Yis, for Healing Our Spirit is the first publication of Tlingit oratory recorded in performance. It features Tlingit texts with facing English translations and detailed annotations; photographs of the orators and the settings in which the speeches were delivered; and biographies of the elders. There are thirty-two speeches by twenty-one Tlingit elders. Most were taped between 1968 and 1988, but two speeches were recorded on wax cylinders by the Harriman Expedition in Sitka in 1899, and are the oldest known sound recordings of Tlingit.

The book is of importance both to native and non-native readers alike. For those of Native American heritage it articulates concepts understood and practiced by elders but difficult for them to explain, and often bewildering to younger generations. For people around the world interested in Northwest Coast culture, it offers new insights into a traditional world view and the classics of Tlingit oral literature.

Careful attention is given to transcription, translation, and annotation by the collaboration of Nora Marks Dauenhauer, a native speaker of Tlingit and a published poet, with a degree in anthropology, and her husband Richard Dauenhauer, a translator of European poetry and a former poet laureate of Alaska, with a Ph. D. in comparative literature.

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Title:Haa Tuwunáagu Yís, for Healing Our Spirit: Tlingit OratoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:606 pages, 1 × 1 × 1.53 inPublished:December 1, 1990Publisher:University of Washington Press - Distribution

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ISBN - 10:0295968508

ISBN - 13:9780295968506

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroductionSpeeches from Various Occasions-- A.P. Johnson, Sitka 1971-- Unidentified Speaker, Sitka 1899-- Unidentified Speaker, Sitka 1899-- Johnny C. Jackson, Kake 1971-- Jimmie George, Kake 1971-- Thomas Young, Klukwan 1972-- Tom Peters, Teslin 1972-- Charlie Joseph, Sitka 1972-- Willie Marks, Mt. Edgecumbe 1976-- David Kadashan, Hoonah 1976-- Emma Marks, Juneau 1982-- Jennie Thlunaut, Haines 1985-- Jennie Thlunaut, Haines 1985-- Jennie Thlunaut, Klukwan 1985-- Austin Hammond, Fairbanks 1988Speeches for the Removal of Grief from the Memorial for Jim Marks, Hoona 1968-- Jim Marks (Posthumous)-- Matthew Lawrence (1)-- David Kadashan-- William Johnson-- Jessie Dalton-- Austin Hammond-- Matthew Lawrence (2)"Because We Cherish You . . ": Sealaska Elders Speak to the Future (Selected Speeches from the First Sealaska Elders Conference, Sitka 1980)-- Charlie Joseph (1)-- George Davis (1)-- William Johnson-- Charlie Jim-- George Davis (2)-- George Jim-- George Davis (3)-- George Davis (4)-- George Davis (5)-- Charlie Joseph (2)NotesGlossary to the Speeches for the Removal of GriefBiographiesReferences

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A unique collection of 32 speeches written by 21 Tlingit elders, Haa Tuwunaagu Yis, for Healing Our Spirit is written in Tlingit text with facing English translations, detailed annotations, photographs of the orators and biographies of the elders.