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A Treasury of Eskimo Tales

These have their great value as additions to the sum of human knowledge, but they remain unknown to the majority of men. As regards their contents, the stories bring before us, more clearly, perhaps, than any objective study, the daily life of the Eskimos, their habit of thought, their conception of the universe, and the curious "spirit world" which forms their religion or mythology.

In point of form they are unique. Worster, ed.

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Play The names are quite unusual, but as the names do not recur from story to story, that should not be a big problem for any given story. Story Length.

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Eskimo Folk-Tales by Knud Rasmussen -

His translations were bound to bear the stamp of his personal style of writing. His aim was to be realistic and at the same time to be in the closest possible contact with the Eskimo train of thought.

In order to initiate the spirit, tone, and imagination of Eskimo poems and legends he had to exorcize his Eskimo soul and turn European. He had not passed through any academy of science but, almost shaman-like, he had trained at his special art, the art of spiritual communication taken into the service of truth.

Eskimo Folk-Tales

These Eskimo, or Inuit, folk tales contained herein were collected in various parts of Greenland, taken down from the lips of the Eskimo story-tellers themselves. Among the explorers made famous for revealing hitherto impenetrable cultures—T. Lawrence and Wilfred Thesiger in the Middle East, Richard Burton in Africa—Knud Rasmussen stands out not only for his physical bravery but also for the beauty of his writing. Part Danish, part Inuit, Rasmussen made a courageous three-year journey by dog sled from Greenland to Alaska to reveal the common origins of all circumpolar peoples.

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