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He Who Hunted Birds in His Father's Village - The Dimensions of a Haida Myth, With a Foreword by Richard Bringhurst and a New Afterword by the Author (Paperback, Expanded Ed.) Loot Price: R243
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He Who Hunted Birds in His Father's Village - The Dimensions of a Haida Myth, With a Foreword by Richard Bringhurst and a...

He Who Hunted Birds in His Father's Village - The Dimensions of a Haida Myth, With a Foreword by Richard Bringhurst and a New Afterword by the Author (Paperback, Expanded Ed.)

Gary Snyder; Foreword by Robert Bringhurst; Afterword by Gary Snyder

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In 1951, as a student of anthropology in Oregon, Gary Snyder set himself to the task of analyzing the many levels of meaning a single Native American myth might hold. He Who Hunted Birds in His Father's Village is the result of Snyder's critical look at a Haida tale that was told by the great oral poet Ghandl (Walter McGregor) to John Swanton sometime before 1905. A version of the ubiquitous "swan maiden" story, it tells of a chief's son who falls in love with a wild goose-girl, and follows her into the sky. Snyder goes deep into the transformations that occur in this myth, considering versions of the myth from around the world. He writes: To go beyond and become what--a seagull on a reef? Why not. Our nature is no particular nature; look out across the beach at the gulls. For an empty moment while their soar and cry enters your heart like sunshaft through water, you are that, totally. We do this every day. So this is the aspect of mind that gives art, style, and self-transcendence to the inescapable human plantedness in a social and ecological nexus. The challenge is to do it well, by your neighbors and by the trees, and that maybe once in a great while we can get where we see through the same eye at the same time, for a moment. That would be doing it well. Old tales and myths and stories are the koans of the human race. Our new, expanded edition of this groundbreaking, multidimensional study includes a new introduction by Robert Bringhurst, together with unpublished journals, a poem, and a new afterword by Gary Snyder.

General

Imprint: Shoemaker & Hoard, Div of Avalon Publishing Group Inc
Country of origin: United States
Release date: May 2007
First published: May 2007
Authors: Gary Snyder
Foreword by: Robert Bringhurst
Afterword by: Gary Snyder
Dimensions: 210 x 140 x 12mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 160
Edition: Expanded Ed.
ISBN-13: 978-1-59376-155-4
Categories: Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Myths & mythology
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social institutions > Customs & folklore > Folklore
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Anthropology > Social & cultural anthropology > General
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Myths & mythology
LSN: 1-59376-155-4
Barcode: 9781593761554

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