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Anakú Iwachá: Yakama Legends and Stories

Anakú Iwachá: Yakama Legends and Stories

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Central to the Yakama oral tradition, storytelling enables Tribal Elders to share lessons, values, and customs with younger generations across the Columbia River plateau and the Pacific Northwest. Drawn from a time before the coming of human beings when animals were like people, the stories present characters and motifs that paint a bigger picture of the world as Yakama ancestors knew it.

The original edition of Anak Iwach featured stories that Yakama Tribal Elders recorded in several dialects of the Ichishk in language that were collected and translated into English by renowned linguist and scholar Virginia Beavert. This new edition adds a preface from the Yakama Nation and essays on the history of the project and on Ichishk in-language education. It includes four additional legends in Ichishk in and English, annotations, an updated glossary, and more artwork by Tribal artists, helping readers, teachers, and students engage with the legends as teaching and learning tools and as a precious gift to current and future Yakama generations.

Author: Virginia R. Beavert
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Published: 06/30/2021
Pages: 400
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.85lbs
Size: 8.90h x 6.00w x 1.20d
ISBN: 9780295748245

About the Author

Virginia R. Beavert (Yakama) is author of The Gift of Knowledge / Ttnúwit Átawish Nch'inch'imamí Reflections on Sahaptin Ways. Michelle M. Jacob (Yakama) is professor of Indigenous studies, director of the Sapsik'ʷalá (Teacher) Education Program at the University of Oregon, and author of Yakama Rising: Indigenous Cultural Revitalization, Activism, and Healing. Joana W. Jansen is a scholar of the Ichishkíin language and associate director of the Northwest Indian Language Institute at the University of Oregon.

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