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Fienup-Riordan, Ann

Works: 75 works in 240 publications in 4 languages and 12,582 library holdings
Genres: Folklore  History  Quotations  Exhibition catalogs  Biography  Interviews  Legends 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Ann Fienup-Riordan
Hunting tradition in a changing world : Yup'ik lives in Alaska today by Ann Fienup-Riordan( )

6 editions published in 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,009 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Yupiit in southwestern Alaska are members of the larger family of Inuit cultures. Including more than 20,000 individuals in seventy villages, the Yupiit continue to engage in traditional hunting activities, carefully following the seasonal shifts in the environment they know so well. During the twentieth century, especially after the construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, the Yup'ik people witnessed and experienced explosive cultural changes. Anthropologist Ann Fienup-Riordan explores how these subarctic hunters engage in a "hunt" for history, to make connections within their own communities and between them and the larger world. She turns to the Yupiit themselves, joining her essays with eloquent narratives by individual Yupiit, which illuminate their hunting traditions in their own words. To highlight the ongoing process of cultural negotiation, Fienup-Riordan provides vivid examples: How the Yupiit use metaphor to teach both themselves and others about their past and present lives; how they maintain their cultural identity, even while moving away from native villages; and how they worked with museums in the "Lower 48" on an exhibition of Yup'ik ceremonial masks. Ann Fienup-Riordan has published many books on Yup'ik history and oral tradition, including Eskimo Essays: Yup'ik Lives and How We See Them, The Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks and Boundaries and Passages. She has lived with and written about the Yupiit for twenty-five years. -- book jacket
Mission of change in southwest Alaska : conversations with father René Astruc and Paul Dixon on their work with Yup'ik people, 1950-1988 by Ann Fienup-Riordan( )

9 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mission of Change is an oral history describing various types of change-political, social, cultural, and religious-as seen through the eyes of Father Astruc and Paul Dixon, non-Natives who dedicated their lives to working with the Yup'ik people. Their stories are framed by the an analytic history of regional changes, together with current anthropological theory on the nature of cultural change and the formation of cultural identity. The book presents a subtle and emotionally moving account of the region and the roles of two men, both of whom view issues from a Catholic perspective yet
Ellavut, our Yup'ik world & weather : continuity and change on the Bering Sea coast by Ann Fienup-Riordan( )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At every gathering, at least one elder repeated the Yup'ik adage, "The world is changing following its people." The Yup'ik see environmental change as directly related not just to human actions, such as overfishing or burning fossil fuels, but also to human interactions. The elders encourage young people to learn traditional rules and proper behavior - to act with compassion and restraint - in order to reverse negative impacts on their world. They speak not only to educate young people on the practical skills they need to survive but also on the knowing and responsive nature of the world in which they live
Qaluyaarmiuni nunamtenek qanemciput = our Nelson Island stories : meanings of place on the Bering Sea coast by Alice Rearden( )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and held by 1,006 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this volume Nelson Island elders describe hundreds of traditionally important places in the landscape, from camp and village sites to tiny sloughs and deep ocean channels, contextualizing them through stories of how people interacted with them in the past and continue to know them today. The stories provide a rich, descriptive historical record and detail the ways in which land use has changed over time. Nelson Islanders maintained a strongly Yup'ik worldview and subsistence lifestyle through the 1940s, living in small settlements and moving with the seasonal cycle of plant and animal abundances. The last sixty years have brought dramatic changes, including the concentration of people into five permanent, year-round villages
Boundaries and passages : rule and ritual in Yup'ik Eskimo oral tradition by Ann Fienup-Riordan( )

9 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 981 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book brings together as complete a record of traditional Yupik rules and rituals as is possible in the late twentieth century. Incorporating elders' recollections of the system of ruled boundaries and ritual passages that guided their parents and grandparents a century ago, Ann Fienup-Riordan brings into focus the complex, creative Yupik world view - expressed by ceremonial exchanges and the cycling of names, gifts, and persons - which continues to shape daily life in communities along the Bering Sea coast. Her analysis is illustrated with many contemporary and historical photographs. Identifying "metaphors to live by," Fienup-Riordan tells of "the Boy Who Went to Live with Seals" and "the Girl Who Returned from the Dead." She explains how in Yupik cosmology their stories illustrate relationships among human beings, animals, and the spirit world - the "boundaries and passages" between death and the renewal of life
Taprarmiuni kassiyulriit = Stebbins dance festival by Anatole Bogeyaktuk( )

6 editions published in 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 755 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The celebrations these Yup'ik elders narrate include the Bladder Festival, the Great Feast for the Dead, and the Messenger Festival. This complex series of rituals involves humans and animals, the living and the dead. Competitive gift-giving, feasting and feats of strength are all a part of the spiritual lives of Yup'ik communities of western Alaska - part of the living tradition of Taprarmiuni Kassiyulriit: Stebbins Dance Festival."--Jacket
Ciulinerunak yuuyaqunak = Do not live without an elder : the subsistence way of life in Southwest Alaska by Ann Fienup-Riordan( )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and Yupik languages and held by 642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In October of 2010, six men who were serving on the board of the Calista Elders Council (CEC) gathered in Anchorage with CEC staff to spend three days speaking about the subsistence way of life. The men shared stories of their early years growing up on the land and harvesting through the seasons, and the dangers they encountered there. The gathering was striking for its regional breadth, as elders came from the Bering Sea coast as well as the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers. And while their accounts had some commonalities, they also served to demonstrate the wide range of different approaches to subsistence in different regions. This book gathers the men's stories for the current generation and those to come. Taken together, they become more than simply oral histories--rather, they testify to the importance of transmitting memories and culture and of preserving knowledge of vanishing ways of life"--
Words of the real people : Alaska native literature in translation( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects the oral literature, poetry, and life stories of Alaska's Native speakers of Yupik, Inupiaq, and Alutiiq, including ancient tales spanning generations as well as new traditions, accompanied by essays on each Native group's background
The living tradition of Yup'ik masks : agayuliyararput = our way of making prayer by Ann Fienup-Riordan( Book )

8 editions published in 1996 in English and Italian and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For the Yup'ik people of southwestern Alaska, masked dancing has long been a focal point of ceremonial activity. Performed traditionally inside the qasaiq (communal men's house) during festivals, the dances feature face and finger masks that make visible the world of helping spirits and extraordinary beings, and are specially made to tell particular stories. Although masks are infrequently used today, elders still remember their powerful presence and increasingly appreciate them as touchstones of cultural pride - as agayuliyararput, "our way of making prayer." Often used by shamans to facilitate communication and movement between worlds (human and animal, the living and the dead), Yup'ik masks usually were discarded after use. Specimens first found their way into museum collections via nineteenth-century traders and collectors working along the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers, and soon were displayed internationally. The Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks brings together masks from museum and private collections all over the world and presents them in their native context. Ann Fienup Riordan describes the natural world of southwestern Alaska and the rich ceremonial life that evolved there to acknowledge and honor the many beings that made possible the sustenance of human life in a precariously balanced environment. Chapters arranged geographically describe the world's major Yup'ik mask collectors and collections and the circumstances that made each unique. The voices of Yup'ik elders are present throughout the text, recounting stories, describing traditional Yup'ik life, and responding to particular masks
Freeze frame : Alaska Eskimos in the movies by Ann Fienup-Riordan( Book )

6 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in English and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The representation of a culture in film is a complex interplay of portrayal and reaction. Ann Fienup-Riordan explores the issues of authenticity and power that are central to the current debate over film portrayals of indigenous peoples. She describes the work done by native broadcasters and filmmakers - beginning with Alaska Eskimo actor Ray Mala's pre-World War II screenplay about Eskimo life - as well as the participation by native actors in mainstream films. Alaska Eskimos today are engaged in presenting the complexity and uniqueness of the world in which they live. In the hands of Inupiaq and Yup'ik artists and technicians, film and video are becoming simultaneously a venue for participation in the larger world and a tool of empowerment
Agayuliyararput : kegginaqut, kangiit-llu = Our way of making prayer : Yup'ik masks and the stories they tell( Book )

9 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and Kaltdlisut and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on the remembrances of elders who were born in the early 1900s and saw the last masked Yup'ik dances before missionary efforts forced their decline, Agayuliyararput is a collection of first-person accounts of the rich culture surrounding Yup'ik masks. Stories by thirty-three elders from all over southwestern Alaska, presented in parallel Yup'ik and English texts, include a wealth of information about the creation and function of masks and the environment in which they flourished. The full-length, unannotated stories are complete with features of oral storytelling such as repetition and digression; the language of the English translation follows the Yup'ik idiom as closely as possible. Reminiscences about the cultural setting of masked dancing are grouped into chapters on the traditional Yup'ik ceremonial cycle, the use of masks, life in the qasgiq (communal men's house), the suppression and revival of masked dancing, maskmaking, and dance and song. Stories are grouped geographically, representing the Yukon, Kuskokwim, and coastal areas. The subjects of the stories and the masks made to accompany them are the Arctic animals, beings, and natural forces on which humans depended. This book will be treasured by the Yup'ik residents of southwestern Alaska and an international audience of linguists, folklorists, anthropologists, and art historians
Wise words of the Yup'ik people : we talk to you because we love you by Ann Fienup-Riordan( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2018 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Yup'ik people of southwestern Alaska were some of the last Arctic peoples to come into contact with non-Natives, and as a result, Yup'ik language and many traditions remain vital into the twenty-first century. Wise Words of the Yup'ik People documents their qanruyutet (adages, words of wisdom, and oral instructions) regarding the proper living of life. Throughout history, these distinctive wise words have guided the relations between men and women, parents and children, siblings and cousins, fellow villagers, visitors, strangers, and even with non-Natives. Yup'ik elders have chosen to share these wise words during Calista Elders Council gatherings and conventions since 1998 for instrumental reasons-because of their continued relevance and power to change lives
The real people and the children of thunder : the Yup'ik Eskimo encounter with Moravian missionaries John and Edith Kilbuck by Ann Fienup-Riordan( Book )

4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biography of John and Edith Kilbuck, Moravian missionaries in the Kuskokwin drainage region of Alaska. Central issue is how Christianity, as presented by the Kilbucks, interacted with and was affected by traditional Yup'ik ideology and action
The way we genuinely live = Yuungnaqpiallerput : masterworks of Yup'ik science and survival by Ann Fienup-Riordan( Book )

6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Showcases art and artifacts of the Yup'ik people of Alaska, and provides information about the role of material culture in the Yup'ik lifestyle, the development of their technologies, and Yup'ik tools and daily use items
Yup'ik words of wisdom = Yupiit qanruyutait( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2018 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This bilingual volume focuses on the teachings, experience, and practical wisdom of expert Native orators as they instruct a younger generation about their place in the world. In carefully crafted presentations, Yup'ik elders speak about their "rules for right living"--Values, beliefs, and practices-which illuminate the enduring and still relevant foundations of their culture today. While the companion volume Wise Words of the Yup'ik People weaves together hundreds of statements by Yup'ik elders on the values that guide human relationships, Yup'ik Words of Wisdom highlights the words of expert orators and focuses on key conversations that took place among elders and younger community members as the elders presented their perspectives on the moral underpinnings of Yup'ik social relations
Yup'ik elders at the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin : fieldwork turned on its head by Ann Fienup-Riordan( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Norwegian adventurer Johan Adrian Jacobsen collected more than two thousand Yup'ik objects during his travels in Alaska in 1882 and 1883. Now housed in the Berlin Ethnological Museum, the Jacobsen collection remains one of the earliest and largest from Alaska's Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. When Ann Fienup-Riordan first saw the collection being unpacked in 1994, she was "stunned to find this extraordinary Yup'ik collection, with accession records still handwritten in old German script and almost completely unpublished."" "In 1997, Fienup-Riordan and Yup'ik translator Marie Meade returned to Berlin with a delegation of Yup'ik elders to study Jacobsen's collection. Yup'ik Elders at the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin recounts fourteen days during which the elders examined objects from the collection and described how they were made and used. Their descriptions, based on oral history and firsthand experience with similar objects, are imparted through songs, stories, and personal narratives. Woven together with Jacobsen's writings, technical descriptions, and accession information, the narrative presents a vast array of knowledge." "An introductory essay describes Jacobsen's life and trip to Alaska and the region as it was then and as it is today. Informal snapshots show the elders interacting with the objects and miming their use, while Barry McWayne's large color photographs make possible the "visual repatriation" of this collection. Yup'ik Elders at the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin also includes extensive notes summarizing accession information, a glossary of Yup'ik object names, and a detailed index. This is the first time a major Arctic collection has been presented from the Natives' point of view, an example of "reverse fieldwork" that can enrich understanding of Native American collections the world over."--Jacket
Where the echo began : and other oral traditions from southwestern Alaska by Hans Himmelheber( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book, the Native people of southwestern Alaska generously share the traditional stories that form the expressive core of their unique culture. The lifeways observed by a then-young university graduate, who recorded and compiled them in communities on Nunivak Island and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, offer a glimpse today of a longstanding way of life." "Though much has changed in the last half century, Yup'ik and Cup'ig orators continue to tell stories to educate and amuse their listeners. With this English translation, Himmelheber has passed on what he learned to Native and non-Native readers alike."--Jacket
The Nelson Island Eskimo : social structure and ritual distribution by Ann Fienup-Riordan( Book )

9 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on information gathered between November 1976 and February 1978
Qulirat qanemcit-llu kinguvarcimalriit = Stories for future generations : the oratory of Yup'ik Eskimo Elder Paul John by Paul John( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ciuliamta akluit/Things of our ancestors : Yup'ik elders explore the Jacobsen Collection at the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin( Book )

8 editions published in 2005 in English and Kaltdlisut and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Things of Our Ancestors is a record of this unusual meeting of minds and cultures. Evoking the stories and experiences that the cultural artifacts embody, the Yup'ik elders examine and discuss these objects made by their ancestors, reclaiming knowledge on the verge of being lost. For this Yup'ik-English bilingual book, anthropologist Ann Fienup-Riordan has chosen stories and accounts of the Berlin exchange that best describe the collection and the visit. The narrative is accompanied by sixty-six photographs of this unprecedented episode of cultural revival." "This book will prove a treasure for Yup'ik readers, linguists, folklorists, anthropologists, and historians, and will hold much interest for anyone concerned with Native American oral tradition."--Jacket
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Words of the real people : Alaska native literature in translation
Qaluyaarmiuni nunamtenek qanemciput = our Nelson Island stories : meanings of place on the Bering Sea coastBoundaries and passages : rule and ritual in Yup'ik Eskimo oral traditionTaprarmiuni kassiyulriit = Stebbins dance festivalWords of the real people : Alaska native literature in translationThe living tradition of Yup'ik masks : agayuliyararput = our way of making prayerFreeze frame : Alaska Eskimos in the moviesAgayuliyararput : kegginaqut, kangiit-llu = Our way of making prayer : Yup'ik masks and the stories they tellWise words of the Yup'ik people : we talk to you because we love you
Alternative Names
Ann Fienup-Riordan Amerikaans antropologe

Ann Fienup-Riordan US-amerikanische Kulturanthropologin mit Schwerpunkt Alaska

Riordan Ann Fienup-

Riordan, Ann Fienup- 1948-