A Story as Sharp as a Knife

Sharp as a KnifeI’m currently reading a very interesting book that looks into the myths and myth-tellers of the Haida nation of the Queen Charlotte Islands off the British Columbia coast, A Story as Sharp as a Knife (Buy Now: Amazon.ca; Amazon.com) by Robert Bringhurst.

Bringhurst looks at the efforts of linguist and ethnographer, John Swanton, in the early 20th century, who wrote down oral myths told by Haida elders. Bringhurst compares these myths to the classical myths we’ve all heard from around the world.

I’m a sucker for this kind of story telling, and Bringhurst’s insights are very interesting and enlightening.

So, what’s wrong with that?



About Don Meredith

I am a writer and biologist living in Alberta, Canada. I wrote a monthly column for the Alberta Outdoorsmen magazine, and have published articles for several other magazines.
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