A Story as Sharp as a Knife (Paperback)
The Classical Haida Mythtellers and Their World
University of Nebraska Press, 9780803261792, 527pp.
Publication Date: November 1, 2000
The Haida world is a misty archipelago a hundred stormy miles off the coasts of British Columbia and Alaska. For more than a thousand years before the Europeans came, a great culture flourished on these islands. In 1900 and 1901 the linguist and ethnographer John Swanton took dictation from the last traditional Haida-speaking storytellers, poets, and historians. Robert Bringhurst worked for many years with these manuscripts, and here he brings them to life in the English language. A Story as Sharp as a Knife brings a lifetime of passion and a broad array of skills—humanistic, scientific, and poetic—to focus on a rich and powerful tradition that the world has long ignored.
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Praise For A Story as Sharp as a Knife: The Classical Haida Mythtellers and Their World…
"A beautiful weave of poetry anthology, poetics and anthropological adventure.”—Hans Werner, Toronto Star