Download e-book for iPad: Emerging from out of the Margins: Essays on Haida Language, by Fredericke White

By Fredericke White

This publication offers an insider view of Haida language, heritage, and tradition, and provides a viewpoint on Haida tradition that comes not just from exterior learn but additionally from intimate wisdom and stories the writer has had as a Haida kingdom citizen. The book’s concentrate on language – prior, current, and destiny – permits perception into the Haida language documentation and revitalization approach that may profit different cultures at present addressing related concerns with their language. having the ability to write and speak about Haida tradition as an insider provides the chance to instantiate the position of a primary countries pupil together with the intricacies inquisitive about having a voice approximately one’s personal tradition and background. a primary countries individual publishing a e-book approximately his or her personal tradition is an extraordinary chance. notwithstanding, such guides becomes extra universal as different indigenous students and writers emerge from different margins world wide.

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At 4:30 they arrived along side. In the interim, we took the occasion to experiment, test the quality of the people and things. First, the men were of good stature of body, well formed and smiling expressions, beautiful eyes, and good looking; the hair tied, and compared to fashion of a wig with a tail. Some wore it tied in the back and had beards and mustaches in the fashion of the Chinese people. The first action they did when they approached within a gunshot of the ship was to begin to sing their motet in unison and cast feathers in the water, as the Indians do at the Santa Barbara Channel, but these use a particular signal that is not used by the others of the Channel, nor those under our rule.

They cast feathers on the water similar to the Santa Barbara Channel Indians with the exception that the Haida then opened their arms and formed a cross shaped sign with their opened hands on the chest of the person next to them. The feathers were certainly bald eagle feathers/eagle down or goose down, but most definitely eagle feathers/down since eagles are one of the more prized bird feathers among the Haida (Collison 1981:90). Pérez interprets this sign as an indication of their peacefulness.

They weave beautiful blankets and I collected four. They are not large, but are well woven and wrought. Of the three canoes I referred to, the largest carried 9 men, and would measure 24 codos of length, and 4 of width. The others carried 7 men; I did not note any weapons. They invited us by signs to go ashore, and we communicated by signs that the next day we would go there. With this they retired at 5 in the afternoon to the shore. The length of the hill that I mentioned runs north-south, for at 6:30 in the afternoon, it bore from me 5 leagues of distance.

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