Institute of Philology of the Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences

Sector of folklore

Monuments of Folklore of the Peoples of Siberia and the Far East
Monuments of Folklore of the Peoples of Siberia and the Far East
In Russian

21.The Altai Folk tales

Composition and preparation of texts and translation by T. M. Sadalova with K. M. Makosheva. Introductory article, commentaries, notes, indexes and glossaries by T. M. Sadalova. Musicological article and musical scores by N. M. Kondratyeva. Preparation of master disk by V. V. Mazepus.—Novosibirsk: Nauka, 2002.—455 pages.

The volume contains 41 texts of tales belonging to various genres, such as mythic tales, animal tales, tales of enchantment, tales of everyday life, and novelistic tales; 30 of these tales are published here for the first time. They contain archaic elements as well as productive structural features attesting to the development of the folktale genre over time.

Texts appear in every dialect of the contemporary Altai language. The compilers of the volume have made an effort to represent various individual traditions of narration by including recordings from thirty storytellers.

The compact disk offers the first audio publication of Altai tales, which were recorded between 1968 and 1989 from folklore experts from all dialectal traditions: Tubalar, Kumandin, Teleut, Altai-Kizhi, and Telengit.

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