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Once upon a time: an anthropological exploration of Gwich'in stories (Man in the moon; The old woman and the brushman)

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dc.contributor.author Frey, Monika
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-18T00:45:15Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-18T00:45:15Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11122/6191
dc.description Thesis (M.A.) University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2015 en_US
dc.description.abstract This MA thesis research focuses on Gwich'in stories. It seeks to better understand how similar the versions of two stories are when each is parsed into units representing themes within the stories. Drawing in part on Lévi-Strauss's structural study of myth and applying aspects of it to the Gwich'in stories discussed in this research, I will demonstrate that several versions of a story contain identical themes, though levels of detail vary. This occurs when (1) a story is told by the same storyteller at different times, and (2) when a story is told by two or more storytellers. While each version of a particular story may differ in the amount of detail, resulting in shorter and longer versions, my research shows that the main themes of a story are identical even when several storytellers narrate the same story or when the same storyteller tells a story more than once, but several years apart. There is a gap in the academic literature pertaining to Gwich'in stories. Recent projects have been conducted including Gwich'in stories focused on documenting narratives, but no one has investigated whether the content of those tales is actually identical. My research complements these projects by shedding light on a less studied aspect of Gwich'in storytelling. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.title Once upon a time: an anthropological exploration of Gwich'in stories (Man in the moon; The old woman and the brushman) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.type.degree ma en_US
dc.identifier.department Department of Anthropology en_US
dc.contributor.chair Tuttle, Siri
dc.contributor.chair Plattet, Patrick
dc.contributor.committee Koskey, Michael


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