Accession N-1989-003 - Elizabeth Cass

[Observations on Gwich'in customs and stories] [Observations on Gwich'in customs and stories] [Observations on Gwich'in customs and stories] [Observations on Gwich'in customs and stories] [Observations on Gwich'in customs and stories] [Observations on Gwich'in customs and stories] [Observations on Gwich'in customs and stories]

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Elizabeth Cass

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N-1989-003

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  • 1959, [1980?], copied 1988 (Creation)

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3 cm of textual records, two audiocassettes (original masters) and one sound CD (archival master)

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(1903-1980)

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The textual records consist of transcripts that contain Dr. Cass' personal observations on the Gwich'in. These observations were made in 1959. Her recollections cover such topics as puberty, religious beliefs, burial customs, personal hygiene, marriage, music and dancing. The audio recordings contain a recording of Dr. Cass in early 1980, dictating letters for her secretary. She discusses her health and her recent trip to Brazil with the International Society of Geographic Opthalmology. She has also recorded many of the Gwich'in stories and legends that were related to her by such individuals as Paul Bonnetplume (Aklavik), Annie McPherson (Fort McPherson), Peter Lord (Old Crow, Yukon), Lazarus Sittichinli, Peter Moses and Edward Snowshoe. Although many of the legends relate to medicine men, Dr. Cass also recounts stories about the Willow Man, the Ungrateful Indian, Sakeethuck the "Trickster," the Crow Who Lost His Beak, the Lazy Boy, three stories about Bushmen [Hare and Slavey Indians] and a two hour saga about two brothers as told to her by Edward Snowshoe.

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Copyright restrictions remain on transcripts until 2010 and on the sound recordings until 2031.

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