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Storytelling in SiberiaThe Olonkho Epic in a Changing World$
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Robin P. Harris

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041280

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041280.001.0001

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Elements of Resilience

Elements of Resilience

Stable and Malleable

(p.108) Chapter 5 Elements of Resilience
Storytelling in Siberia

Robin P. Harris

University of Illinois Press

Chapter 5 draws on preceding chapters devoted to historical narratives and UNESCO to inform a discussion of continuity and change in revitalization. Building on well-researched parallels in language and music shift from the fields of sociolinguistics and applied ethnomusicology, this chapter demonstrates two keys in providing resilience for an epic tradition—effective transmission and appropriate levels of innovation. A diagnostic chart created for the Graded Genre Health Assessment (Schrag 2015) reveals that innovation requires engagement with both stable and malleable elements, allowing traditions like olonkho to maintain connections with historical practice while still remaining dynamic enough to adapt to changing contexts.

Keywords:   language shift, music shift, sociolinguistics, applied ethnomusicology, resilience, transmission, innovation, diagnostic, stable, malleable

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