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"The Bloody Moose Got up and Took off": Talking Carefully about Food Animals in a Northern Athabaskan Village

Thomas McIlwraith
Anthropological Linguistics
Vol. 50, No. 2 (Summer, 2008), pp. 125-147
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20638992
Page Count: 23
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Abstract

At Iskut Village, British Columbia, moose hunting is frequently spoken about in the form of conversational narratives. Upon analysis, these narratives are full of conventions aimed at valorizing the slain moose even while speakers talk about hunting success indirectly. Here, I present four short moose pursuit stories, along with additional evidence from the speech of Iskut hunters, to show that care is always required when talking about food animals. By extension, such care is indicative of ideal social relations between people.

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