The Gift of Knowledge / Ttnuwit Atawish Nch'inch'imamí
Reflections on Sahaptin Ways
After a stint in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, Beavert went on to earn graduate degrees in education and linguistics, and she has contributed to numerous projects for the preservation of Native language and teachings.
Beavert narrates highlights from her own life and presents cultural teachings, oral history, and stories (many in bilingual Ishishkíin-English format) about family life, religion, ceremonies, food gathering, and other aspects of traditional culture.
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"A Colombia Plateau ethnographic study like no other, Beavert's book shows how her own life story is inextricably connected to the plateau culture and language that she presents. . . . An anthropological text rich in personal biographical detail, context, and warm, vivid prose, this is a must-read for those interested in Indigenous Studies, anthropology, history, and the Columbia Plateau. . . . Adds very important contributions to the fields of sociolinguistics, ethnography, Pacific Northwest history, and cultural anthropology. . . . A shining example of intellectual sovereignty."—Oregon Historical Quarterly
"A compelling contribution to the study of Native American cultures and languages. The Gift of Knowledge is a masterfully written work of scholarship that represents the gift of storytelling by the most prolific Yakama scholar, Tuxámshish Virginia Beavert."—Michelle M. Jacob, author of Yakama Rising: Indigenous Cultural Revitalization, Activism, and Healing
"In The Gift of Knowledge, Beavert documents her outstanding life's work in Sahaptin languages and cultures of the Northwest."—Deward Walker, Jr., author of Nez Perce Coyote Tales: The Myth Cycle
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