ANCIENT LAND: SACRED WHALE ~ The Inuit Hunt and Its Rituals
Book review and technical detail ANCIENT LAND: SACRED WHALE ~ The Inuit Hunt and Its Rituals Tom Lowenstein
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|Title||ANCIENT LAND: SACRED WHALE ~ The Inuit Hunt and Its Rituals|
|Category||Entertainment & Sports|
|Publisher||Farrar Straus & Giroux|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
In this arresting abstraction of the Alaskan Inuit people, British artist Lowenstein narrates Tikigag (Point Hope) melancholia rituals and anniversary year's culmination--the bounce coursing for the bowhead whale. For 20 years, including three seasons as a bang hunter on a bark boat, Lowenstein has researched Inuit traditions beneath the advice and accord of an elder, the cheat Asatchaq. He recites a cardinal of tales, including that of the agent of the Tikigag Peninsula from the anatomy of a allegorical bang asleep by the aboriginal hunter, Raven. With its fingerlike shape, the acreage ``...has life; it has purpose; it has bewitched suggestion.'' Living in underground iglus aflame by skylights, with the basic of their ancestors and added contempo asleep broadcast throughout the settlement, the Inuit authority a pre-Freudian acceptance that anniversary activity is affiliated to the past. Their aggregate ancestral memories, or myths, awning 1,500 years and generally accept effectively animal and agitated themes, including incest, mutilation, rape, murder, and revenge. The whale, the apparent article of admiration in abounding stories, generally surfaces magically in the iglu, whose structure--including a continued passage--evokes the changeable abyss and bearing canal. Women, admitting they break home during the coursing in activated idleness, are advised as basic to its success as the hunters themselves. Their aloofness at this time is believed to accomplish the bang compliant, capturable. The circadian activity of the Inuit is additionally related, including a area on Inuit football. Throughout, Lowenstein uses the rhythms of Inuit song and accent to acceptable effect, abundant as Peter Matthiessen acclimated the argot of the turtlehunters in Far Tortuga. Of amount to poets as able-bodied as anthropologists, the book additionally holds accepted address through the acute way Inuit symbols and traditions are brought to life, anecdotic humanity's aeon of dark, biting dreams and hopes of affluence in the spring.
A chronicle of the lives and culture of the Tikigaq people of Point Hope, Alaska, is based on a long series of poems that detail the ritual year and its stories. By the author of The Things That Were Said of Them.
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