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A landmark quantity that revolutionized our knowing of the facility and importance of local tales and storytellers in North the United States, “In useless i attempted to inform you” showcases the method and thought of ethnopoetics. targeting the wealthy local storytelling traditions of the Pacific Northwest, Hymes investigates what specific stylistic and linguistic units and styles in oral stories demonstrate approximately rhythm and order within the cultures developing them. a wide ranging sequence of analyses of specific myths and their courting to functionality kinds the center-piece of this quantity. The concluding essays discover local views and ways to tales, highlighting the explanations at the back of the storytellers’ offerings of characters, genres, and titles.

This version includes a new preface by way of the writer, a extra accomplished common index, and an improved index to analyzed translations and English-language texts.

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