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Hunters, Predators and Prey : Inuit Perceptions of Animals (Reprint) (Paperback) (Fru00e9du00e9ric

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Inuit hunting traditions are rich in perceptions, practices and stories relating to animals and human beings. The authors examine key figures such as the raven, an animal that has a central place in Inuit culture as a creator and a trickster, and qupirruit, a category consisting of insects and other small life forms. After these non-social and inedible animals, they discuss the dog, the companion of the hunter, and the fellow hunter, the bear, considered to resemble a human being. A discussion of the renewal of whale hunting accompanies the chapters about animals considered 'prey par excellence': the caribou, the seals and the whale, symbol of the whole. By giving precedence to Inuit categories such as 'inua' (owner) and 'tarniq' (shade) over European concepts such as 'spirit 'and 'soul', the book compares and contrasts human beings and animals to provide a better understanding of human-animal relationships in a hunting society.

Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 408
Genre: Social Science
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Author: Fru00e9du00e9ric Laugrand
Language: English
Street Date: August 30, 2016
TCIN: 51737671
UPC: 9781785333378
Item Number (DPCI): 248-32-2281
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