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MoG Man & Society vol. 16             Order this book on-line

Paul Emile Victor, Catherine Enel and Elisa Maqe, 1992.
Chants dAmmassalik
286 pp., hardback, 1991. 525 DKK.

In 1935, when collecting ethnographical material in Ammassalik area, in East Greenland, Paul-Emile Victor took down 720 traditional songs, using the internatioal phonetic spelling. Most of those songs have now been transcribed with an orthography largely inspired from official west-greenlandic and translated by Elisa Maqe and Catherine Enel into both Danish and French.
This volume is the result of that work. It presents a unique collection of extinct traditional East-Greenlandic songs, mainly drumsongs used in song contest, songs for entertainment, religious and ceremonial songs, petting songs for children.