When You Sing It Now, Just like New: First Nations Poetics, Voices, and Representations

When You Sing It Now, Just like New: First Nations Poetics, Voices, and Representations

When You Sing It Now, Just like New: First Nations Poetics, Voices, and Representations

When You Sing It Now, Just like New: First Nations Poetics, Voices, and Representations

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All these songs, how many years ago.

Makenunatane yine and Aledze.

Maketchueson, Naachan [John Notseta].

How many years ago.

Old prophet.

When you sing it now, just like new.

—Tommy Attachie, July 7, 1998

When You Sing It Now, Just Like New is a collection of essays about our readings of First Nations oral and written literatures. It is a narrative about hearing stories, recording stories, and sometimes even becoming characters in them. It is a story about sharing stories and contextualizing them within anthropology. The stories describe forty years of working with the Athapaskan-speaking Dane-zaa, “real people,” of the Peace River area, who are also known as Beaver Indians. Over these years we have made hundreds of hours of audio recordings and thousands of photographs; recently we have added video recordings to the collection. Thanks to a digital archive grant from the British Columbia Museums Association, this Ridington/Dane-zaa archive of actualities has been transferred to digital format. A complete catalogue of original recordings and images is available online by searching for the Dane-zaa archive. The site also provides access to many texts and transcriptions. The first section of the book makes reference to audio files containing recordings and compositions realized from the archive. These are available on the University of Nebraska Press Web site at www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/audio/audiolist.jsp.

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