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The Resource Ainu spirits singing : the living world of Chiri Yukie's Ainu shinʼyōshū, Sarah M. Strong

Ainu spirits singing : the living world of Chiri Yukie's Ainu shinʼyōshū, Sarah M. Strong

Label
Ainu spirits singing : the living world of Chiri Yukie's Ainu shinʼyōshū
Title
Ainu spirits singing
Title remainder
the living world of Chiri Yukie's Ainu shinʼyōshū
Statement of responsibility
Sarah M. Strong
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • jpn
  • eng
Summary
Indigenous peoples throughout the globe are custodians of a unique, priceless, and increasingly imperiled legacy of oral lore. Among them the Ainu, a people native to northeastern Asia, stand out for the exceptional scope and richness of their oral performance traditions. Yet despite this cultural wealth, nothing has appeared in English on the subject in over thirty years. Sarah Strong's Ainu Spirits Singing breaks this decades-long silence with a nuanced study and English translation of Chiri Yukie's Ainu Shin'yoshu, the first written transcription of Ainu oral narratives by an ethnic Ainu. The thirteen narratives in Chiri's collection belong to the genre known as kamui yukar, said to be the most ancient performance form in the vast Ainu repertoire. In it, animals (and sometimes plants or other natural phenomena)--all regarded as spiritual beings (kamui) within the animate Ainu world--assume the role of narrator and tell stories about themselves. The first-person speakers include imposing animals such as the revered orca, the Hokkaido wolf, and Blakiston's fish owl, as well as the more "humble" Hokkaido brown frog, snowshoe hare, and pearl mussel. Each has its own story and own signature refrain. Strong provides readers with an intimate and perceptive view of this extraordinary text. Along with critical contextual information about traditional Ainu society and its cultural assumptions, she brings forward pertinent information on the geography and natural history of the coastal southwestern Hokkaido region where the stories were originally performed. The result is a rich fusion of knowledge that allows the reader to feel at home within the animistic frame of reference of the narratives. Strong's study also offers the first extended biography of Chiri Yukie (1903-1922) in English. The story of her life, and her untimely death at age nineteen, makes clear the harsh consequences for Chiri and her fellow Ainu of the Japanese colonization of Hokkaido and the Meiji and Taisho governments' policies of assimilation. Chiri's receipt of the narratives in the Horobetsu dialect from her grandmother and aunt (both traditional performers) and the fact that no native speakers of that dialect survive today make her work all the more significant. The book concludes with a full, integral translation of the text
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digitized
Cataloging source
CN8ML
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1947-
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Strong, Sarah Mehlhop
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1903-1922
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Chiri, Yukie
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  • Chiri, Yukie
  • Chiri, Yukie
  • Chiri, Yukie
  • Chiri, Yukie
  • Chiri, Yukie
  • Chiri,yukie(1903-1922)
  • Folk songs, Ainu
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • LITERARY COLLECTIONS
  • Folk songs, Ainu
  • Mündliche Überlieferung
  • Volkslied
  • Abdal
  • Ainu
  • Ainu (folk)
Label
Ainu spirits singing : the living world of Chiri Yukie's Ainu shinʼyōshū, Sarah M. Strong
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes English translation of 13 Ainu chants
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Chiri Yukie and the origins of the Ainu shinʼyōshū -- The living world of the Ainu shinʼyōshū -- The Ainu social landscape -- Weighty animal spirits and important game animals -- Symbolic and ordinary animal spirits -- Chiri Yukie's Ainu shinʼyōshū
Control code
ocn798295761
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 314 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824860127
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.21313/9780824860127
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)798295761
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Ainu spirits singing : the living world of Chiri Yukie's Ainu shinʼyōshū, Sarah M. Strong
Publication
Note
Includes English translation of 13 Ainu chants
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Chiri Yukie and the origins of the Ainu shinʼyōshū -- The living world of the Ainu shinʼyōshū -- The Ainu social landscape -- Weighty animal spirits and important game animals -- Symbolic and ordinary animal spirits -- Chiri Yukie's Ainu shinʼyōshū
Control code
ocn798295761
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 314 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824860127
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.21313/9780824860127
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)798295761
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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