For the Yup’ik people, places are also social actors that react to human actions and emotions. Stories tell how people learn about each other through encounters on the land, and thereby places also learn about people. Places comment on human behavior through the land's responses to specific actions. Stories variously reveal ideas about human associations and relationships between humans and nonhuman beings. Pointing to a systematic correlation between places and narrative elements that has not been previously explored, this volume makes a unique contribution to the literature on place.
Winner of the Brian McConnell Book Award from the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research.
Praise and Reviews:
“In this rich ethnography on place, Cusack-McVeigh argues that places are themselves social actors in local narratives—stories Yupiit tell that connect people, places, and events; empower tellers; and give new meanings to locations where struggles for control of lives and land are ongoing.”
—Julie Cruikshank, author of Do Glaciers Listen?
—Thomas F. Thornton, author of Being and Place among the Tlingit
—Patricia H. Partnow, author of Making History: Alutiiq/Sugpiaq Life on the Alaska Peninsula
—William Schneider, Professor Emeritus, University of Alaska Fairbanks