Robert Bringhurst

Robert Bringhurst is a poet, typographer, translator, book designer, and linguist, well known for his award-winning translations of the Haida storytellers Skaay and Ghandl, and for his translations of the early Greek philosopher-poet Parmenides. His manual The Elements of Typographic Style has itself been translated into ten languages and is now one of the world’s most influential texts on typographic design. Bringhurst lives on Quadra Island, off the British Columbia coast.

A Story as Sharp as a Knife
Authors:
Robert Bringhurst
Content Territory: Haida
Format: Paperback
A seminal collection of Haida myths and legends; now in a gorgeous new package.

The linguist and ethnographer John Swanton took dictation from the last great Haida-speaking storytellers, poets and historians from the fall of 1900 through the summer of 1901. Together they created a great treasury of Haida oral literature in written form.

Having worked for many years with these century-old manuscripts, linguist and poet Robert Bringhurst brings both rigorous scholarship and a literary voice to the English translation of John Swanton's careful work. He sets the stories in a rich context that reaches out to dozens of native oral literatures and to myth-telling traditions around the globe.

Attractively redesigned, this collection of First Nations oral literature is an important cultural record for future generations of Haida, scholars and other interested readers. It won the Edward Sapir Prize, awarded by the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, and it was chosen as the Literary Editor's Book of the Year by the Times of London.

Bringhurst brings these works to life in the English language and sets them in a context just as rich as the stories themselves one that reaches out to dozens of Native American oral literatures, and to mythtelling traditions around the world.
$24.95

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The Raven Steals the Light
Authors:
Robert Bringhurst
Bill Reid
Artists:
Bill Reid
Format: Paperback
Ten masterful, complex drawings by Bill Reid are accompanied by ten episodes from Haida mythology told by Bill Reid and Robert Bringhurst. The result brings Haida art and mythology alive as never before in an English-speaking world. The collection includes, says Reid, "a good selection of bestiality, adultery, violence, thievery and assault, for those who like that sort of thing."
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This is What They Say
Format: Paperback
An astonishing story cycle from one of the unsung heroes of Native Canadian literature

Dictated first in 1928 at Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, in the Chipewyan language, by François Mandeville, these stories were then transcribed by the Chinese linguist Li Fang-Kuei. They lay dormant in his notebooks for nearly half a century until they resurfaced in Taipei in 1976. Now, at last, Ron Scollon, pre-eminent linguist and one of the original translators, has returned to the texts to make this new, colloquial English version.

Chipewyan is one of the many Northern Athapaskan languages, spoken in Alaska and western Canada. No other work of Northern Athapaskan literature has the power and range of Mandeville’s cycle of stories, and no other work in any language gives such a rich picture of traditional life and thought in the Northern Athapaskan world.

Suggested Grades: 10-12
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$22.95

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Corbeau vole la lumiere
Authors:
Robert Bringhurst
Bill Reid
Artists:
Bill Reid
Format: Paperback
Avant qu’il y ait quoi que ce soit au monde, avant que les eaux recouvrent tout puis se retirent, avant qu’il y ait sur la terre des animaux, dans l’air des oiseaux, dans la mer des poissons, des baleines et des phoques, il y avait un vieil homme qui vivait dans une maison, au bord d’une rivière, avec son unique enfant, une fille. Qu’elle soit belle comme les branches du sapin ciguë sur un ciel de printemps au lever du soleil ou laide comme une limace de mer est à vrai dire de peu d’importance dans cette histoire qui se passe à peu près complètement dans l’obscurité. »

C’est toute la richesse de la mythologie haïda qui éclate dans l’œuvre Corbeau vole la lumière. À travers les mésaventures cocasses mais néanmoins profondes de Corbeau le filou, on découvre des récits à la fois poignants et pittoresques, dans un monde où les animaux parlent, où les rêves deviennent réalité, où les monstres et les hommes vivent côte à côte. Au-delà d’un échantillonnage de violence, de roublardise et de vindicte, c’est tout un monde où règnent l’amour et la communication entre les espèces qui se révèle à nous.
$19.95

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