The Alaska Native Reader

The Alaska Native Reader

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Alaska is home to more than two hundred federally recognized tribes. Yet the long histories and diverse cultures of Alaskaa€™s first peoples are often ignored, while the stories of Russian fur hunters and American gold miners, of salmon canneries and oil pipelines, are praised. Filled with essays, poems, songs, stories, maps, and visual art, this volume foregrounds the perspectives of Alaska Native people, from a Tlingit photographer to Athabascan and Yupa€™ik linguists, and from an Alutiiq mask carver to a prominent Native politician and member of Alaskaa€™s House of Representatives. The contributors, most of whom are Alaska Natives, include scholars, political leaders, activists, and artists. The majority of the pieces in The Alaska Native Reader were written especially for the volume, while several were translated from Native languages. The Alaska Native Reader describes indigenous worldviews, languages, arts, and other cultural traditions as well as contemporary efforts to preserve them. Several pieces examine Alaska Nativesa€™ experiences of and resistance to Russian and American colonialism; some of these address land claims, self-determination, and sovereignty. Some essays discuss contemporary Alaska Native literature, indigenous philosophical and spiritual tenets, and the ways that Native peoples are represented in the media. Others take up such diverse topics as the use of digital technologies to document Native cultures, planning systems that have enabled indigenous communities to survive in the Arctic for thousands of years, and a project to accurately represent Denaa€™ina heritage in and around Anchorage. Fourteen of the volumea€™s many illustrations appear in color, including work by the contemporary artists Subhankar Banerjee, Perry Eaton, Erica Lord, and Larry McNeil.I began writing a teachera#39;s manual for the Yupa#39;ik way of navigation. I had identified ... I made three trips with Fred George and his navigation crew on the Yukon- Kuskokwim delta. They traveled in ... Three students made sky charts out of pipe cleaners, pony beads, and box carton (Bradley 2002; engblom-Bradley 2006). dr.

Title:The Alaska Native Reader
Author: Maria Sháa Tláa Williams
Publisher:Duke University Press - 2009-01-01

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