Talking on the Page: Editing Aboriginal Oral Texts

By Laura J. Murray and Keren D. Rice

© 1999

The worlds of readers and writers on the one hand and listeners and speakers on the other differ in many ways. What happens when the stories, beliefs, or histories of North American Native people, many traditionally communicated orally, are transferred to paper or other media? Why do tellers, teachers, editors, filmmakers, and translators undertake this work? What do the words mean for different audiences? How can they be most effectively and responsibly presented and interpreted? This collection of essays confronts these and other issues that arise in attempting to record oral cultures for a visual society. The book contains an introduction by the editors, and papers by Nora Marks Dauenhauer and Richard Dauenhauer, Kimberly M. Blaeser, J. Edward Chamberlain, Victor Masayesva Jr., and Julie Cruikshank.

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  • Series: Conference on Editorial Problems
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.4in x 9.0in
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Essays examine the problems inherent in attempting to record oral cultures for a visual society. What happens when the oral stories, beliefs, or histories of North American Native peoples are transferred to paper or other media?

Talking on the Page: Editing Aboriginal Oral Texts

By Laura J. Murray and Keren D. Rice

© 1999

The worlds of readers and writers on the one hand and listeners and speakers on the other differ in many ways. What happens when the stories, beliefs, or histories of North American Native people, many traditionally communicated orally, are transferred to paper or other media? Why do tellers, teachers, editors, filmmakers, and translators undertake this work? What do the words mean for different audiences? How can they be most effectively and responsibly presented and interpreted? This collection of essays confronts these and other issues that arise in attempting to record oral cultures for a visual society. The book contains an introduction by the editors, and papers by Nora Marks Dauenhauer and Richard Dauenhauer, Kimberly M. Blaeser, J. Edward Chamberlain, Victor Masayesva Jr., and Julie Cruikshank.

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Product Details

  • Series: Conference on Editorial Problems
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.4in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Laura J. Murray is Assistant Professor, Department of English, Queen’s University.



    Keren D. Rice is Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto.