Life Lived Like a Story: Life Stories of Three Yukon Native Elders

Life Lived Like a Story: Life Stories of Three Yukon Native Elders

by Julie Cruikshank
     
 
These are the life stories of three Yukon Elders. This is an exemplary work..It is thorough, clear, and wonderfully detailed. It should be a cornerstone in Native American studies, and essential reading in women's studies, northern studies and to anyone curious about alternative ways of seeing the world and living a life.

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These are the life stories of three Yukon Elders. This is an exemplary work..It is thorough, clear, and wonderfully detailed. It should be a cornerstone in Native American studies, and essential reading in women's studies, northern studies and to anyone curious about alternative ways of seeing the world and living a life.

Editorial Reviews

Michael Dorris
"This is an exemplary work. . . . It is thorough, clear, and wonderfully detailed. What's more, it is co-authored in a real, rather than a fictive sense, bringing to the reader a kind of authenticity and bite that is rarely available. . . . Certainly specialists will be fascinated with this study, but it is so readable, so interesting, so innovative, that I think it will appeal to a wide audience. . . . [It] should be a cornerstone in Native American studies. And essential reading in women's studies, northern studies, and to anyone curious about alternative ways of seeing the world and living a life. It ultimately stands alone, proof that there is progress in anthropological method and description."—Michael Dorris, author of The Broken Cord
Toronto Globe and Mail

"There is pure gold here for those who want to understand the rules of the old ways. . . . [The book] has a convincing sureness, an intensity which cannot be denied, a strong sense of family. . . . Candidly, and often with sly humour, the three women discuss early white-Indian relations, the Klondike gold rush, the epidemics, the starvation, the healthy and wealthy times, and building of the Alaska Highway. . . . Integrity is here, and wisdom. There is no doubting the authenticity of the voices. As women, they had power and they used it wisely, and through their words and Cruikshank's skills, you will change your mind if you think the anthropological approach to oral history can only be dull."—Barry Broadfoot, Toronto Globe and Mail

— Barry Broadfoot

Toronto Globe and Mail - Barry Broadfoot
"There is pure gold here for those who want to understand the rules of the old ways. . . . [The book] has a convincing sureness, an intensity which cannot be denied, a strong sense of family. . . . Candidly, and often with sly humour, the three women discuss early white-Indian relations, the Klondike gold rush, the epidemics, the starvation, the healthy and wealthy times, and building of the Alaska Highway. . . . Integrity is here, and wisdom. There is no doubting the authenticity of the voices. As women, they had power and they used it wisely, and through their words and Cruikshank's skills, you will change your mind if you think the anthropological approach to oral history can only be dull."—Barry Broadfoot, Toronto Globe and Mail
Booknews
Three women of Athabascan and Tlingit ancestry, who had lived nearly a century in the southern Yukon Territory of Canada, told the stories of their lives to Cruikshank (anthropology, U. of British Columbia) over the course of a decade. The stories reveal both a way of life and a unique perspective on many historical events. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
This is an exemplary work … It is thorough, clear, and wonderfully detailed. What's more, it is co-authored in a real, rather than fictive sense, bringing to the reader a kind of authenticity and bite that is rarely available … Certainly specialists will be fascinated with this study, but it is so readable, so interesting, so innovative, that I think it will appeal to a wide audience … [It should be a cornerstone in Native American studies, and essential reading in women's studies, northern studies, and to anyone curious about alternative ways of seeing the world and living a life. It ultimately stands alone, proof that there is progress in anthropological method and description. -- Michael Dorris, author of The Broken Cord There is pure gold here for those who want to understand the rules of the old ways … [The book has a convincing sureness, an intensity which cannot be denied, a strong sense of family … Candidly, and often with sly humour, the three women discuss early white-Indian relations, the Klondike gold rush, the epidemics, the starvation, the healthy and wealthy times, and building of the Alaska Highway …. Integrity is here, and wisdom. There is no doubting the authenticity of the voices. As women, they had power and they used it wisely, and through their words and Cruikshank's skills, you will change your mind if you think the anthropological approach to oral history can only be dull. -- Barry Broadfoot, Globe and Mail Life Lived Like a Story is not a standard biography or autobiography. Instead, it remains true to the native way of recounting the past by giving appropriate weight to stories and songs as well as reminiscences. . . . . The charm, the wisdom (and often cheekiness) of these three women rings clear. -- Hugh Wilson, The Montreal Gazette

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803214477
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
02/01/1991
Series:
American Indian Lives Series
Pages:
404
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile:
870L (what's this?)

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Meet the Author

Of Athapaskan and Tlingit ancestry, Angela Sidney, Kitty
Smith,
and Annie Ned lived in the southern
Yukon Territory for nearly a century. They collaborated with
Julie Cruikshank, an assistant professor in the
Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, to produce this unique kind of autobiography. Cruikshank's books include The Stolen Woman: Female Journeys in Tagish, Tutchone
Narrative
(1982) and Do Glaciers Listen?

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