New PDF release: Mythology of the Inuit

By Evelyn Wolfson

In the course of the lengthy chilly iciness nights, Inuit households snuggled jointly of their wintry weather homes and listened to stories a few time while unimaginable issues may possibly occur. those adventurers broke up the lengthy hours of iciness darkness and gave the listeners a cultural and conventional history. every one bankruptcy is by way of a question and resolution part which covers subject matters, symbols, and characters; and knowledgeable observation part, which makes for excellent dialogue. This booklet is constructed from INUIT MYTHOLOGY to permit republication of the unique textual content into e-book, paperback, and exchange versions.

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A long tunnel led from inside the igloo to the outdoors. It was cut into the snow below the level of the igloo’s doorway. Since the tunnel was lower than the floor of the igloo, and because hot air rises, the tunnel kept the warm air inside the igloo from escaping. When more than one large family traveled together, they often built similar style tunnels at ground level to connect their houses so they could visit back and forth without going out-of-doors. Inside the igloo, women kept blubber burning in sturdy soapstone lamps that provided light and warmth, and fire for cooking.

In this story, a disrespectful young man learned that intimidation and verbal threats would not always get him a wife. A mythological gnome appeared, married a young girl, and kept her family well fed. The appearance of a magical figure proved that sometimes a woman can survive quite well without being taken by force. 3 The Girl Who Married a Gnome Arouk lived with her aged parents in a small sealskin summer tent close to the mouth of a great fjord. Many hunters who traveled up and down the fjord in summer stopped to visit Arouk, but her father always sent them away because he believed no man was good enough for his beautiful daughter.

Rasmussen found that the best stories were told by old Inuit shamans, some of whom were amused by his notebook and pencil. ”7 It is easy to imagine Inuit families snuggled together in their winter houses listening to storytellers fill the long winter months with dramatic tales of magic and adventure. Storytellers told two kinds of stories: ancient ones and recent stories. Ancient stories were about a time when unbelievable things could happen. They told about encounters with animals in human form, and about witches and sea goddesses.

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