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That the People Might Live: Loss and Renewal in Native American Elegy

Arnold Krupat


The word “elegy” comes from the Ancient Greek elogos, meaning a mournful poem or song, in particular a song of grief in response to loss. Because mourning and memorialization are so deeply embedded in the human condition, all human societies have developed means for lamenting the dead, and, this book surveys the traditions of Native American elegiac expression over several centuries. The book covers a variety of oral performances of loss and renewal, including the Condolence Rites of the Iroquois and the memorial ceremony of the Tlingit people known as koo'eex, examining as well a number of Gh ... More

Keywords: elegy, mourning, Native Americans, Condolence Rites, Iroquois, memorial ceremony, Tlingit, Ghost Dance songs, death

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451386
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451386.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arnold Krupat, author
Professor of Literature, Sarah Lawrence College