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Chukchee Mythology: The Ai´wan and the Reindeer-Breeder

Language:
English
Genres:
Fiction & Literature, Childrens Fiction

The following series of texts was recorded by Waldemar Bogoras during the years 1900 and 1901 in various villages on the Pacific Coast of the Chukchee Peninsula, between Mariinsky Post and Uñi´sak. A number of tales are here given with interlinear translation and free translation. The attempt has been made to render the texts as accurately as possible, but it has been found necessary to omit in the translations many of the conjuctions and interjections which are quite numerous in Chukchee and which often appear in extended groups. The Ai´wan and the Reindeer-Breeder is a famous native Chukchee story. The story describes the life of an Ai´wan warrior, his troubles and adventures. In olden times an Ai´wan warrior hunts whales, he also has a neighbor, who is a reindeer-breeding. Once the reindeer-breeder has come to the Ai´wan, suddenly they start to wrestle! What has happened? The story plunges the readers into the captivating atmosphere. This work of the author has a historical point of view. Read the gripping story about different adventures of the main character!

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