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|Title: ||Meeting Another Twist of Fate--William Oquilluk and Eskimo Adaptivity and Defence in Our Time|
Adam, Eugene A.
|Issue Date: ||2016-12-05 14:53:34 (UTC+8)|
William Oquilluk wrote a portion of the stories of the Kauwerak Eskimos as a personal project beginning from his early manhood until nearly the end of his life. In his later years this work, as yet unpublished, came to the attention of a University-trained anthropologist. Dr. Laurel Bland. Mr. Oquilluk and Dr. Bland began a collaboration that resulted in the publication People of Kauwerak: Legends of the Northern Eskimo by Alaska Methodist University Press,in 1973. This work has sold relatively well, entering a second edition in 1981.It has been used in academic settings as well as a source for the self- study of Eskimo culture in the Bering Strait region. The original manuscripts which were written by William Oquilluk are held in the archives of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, library, where they are available for inspection and study by authorized scholars. Examination of these manuscripts reveals radical differences as well as areas of complete agreement with the published book. It is this mixed state of parallel/ deviational agreement/disagreement which reveals the working of one culture upon another, as the stories proceed from their context in Eskimo-language oral tradition through the writing and ultimately printing process. In comparing the printed page with the handwritten page, one confronts two kinds of writing, two kinds of presentation. Their juxtaposition or co-existence brings into focus basic problems of culture contact and change which have important connections with the work of Hymes, Tedlock, Steiner and others.Therefore the work of Oquilluk is deserving of extensive study. This limited study reveals in the manuscript a complex-appearing poetic/rhetorical technique, more highly-differentiated than that the printed book, which suggests among other things a high order of skill in the use of the local variety of English, as well as the existence of a full range of expressive possibility within that local English itself.
|Relation: ||國立政治大學學報, 58,1-22|
|Data Type: ||article|
|Appears in Collections:||[第58期] 期刊論文|
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