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By Lela Kiana Oman

This book is a best suited presentation of an historical northern tale cycle, delivered to lifestyles through Lela Kiana Oman, who has been retelling and writing the legends of the Inupiat of the Kobuk Valley, Alaska, approximately all her grownup existence. within the mid-1940s, she heard those stories from storytellers passing during the mining city of Candle, and translated them from Inupiaq into English. Now, after fifty years, they light up one of many world's such a lot vivid mythologies. The hero is Qayaq, and the cycle strains his wanderings via kayak and walking alongside 4 rivers - the Selawik, the Kobuk, the Noatak and the Yukon - up alongside the Arctic Ocean to Barrow, over to Herschel Island in Canada, and south to a Tlingit Indian village. alongside the way in which he battles with jealous fathers-in-law and different strong adversaries; discovers cultural implements (the copper-headed spear and the birchbark canoe); transforms himself into animals, birds and fish, and meets animals who seem to be human.

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