Native Cultures in Alaska: Looking Forward, Looking Back

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In the minds of most Americans, Native culture in Alaska amounts to Eskimos and igloos....The latest publication of the Alaska Geographic Society offers an accessible and attractive antidote to such misconceptions. Native Cultures in Alaska blends beautiful photographs with informative text to create a striking portrait of the state's diverse and dynamic indigenous population.

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Overview

In the minds of most Americans, Native culture in Alaska amounts to Eskimos and igloos....The latest publication of the Alaska Geographic Society offers an accessible and attractive antidote to such misconceptions. Native Cultures in Alaska blends beautiful photographs with informative text to create a striking portrait of the state's diverse and dynamic indigenous population.

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"It is a real treat to encounter this book. . . It gives the origin of the people as far as known, tells something of their traditional crafts and arts, illustrates with photographs of those and the people, and best of all, addresses their home territories and proper names. . . This little book gives a clear picture of the Native Alaskans working on a nice balance between the modern world and their traditional one, ‘Looking forward and looking back’. . . Buy one to keep and one for a friend Outside."
—Dee Longenbaugh, ObservatoryBooks.com, Sitka Sentinel
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882407562
  • Publisher: Graphic Arts Ctr Pub Co
  • Publication date: 3/30/2012
  • Series: Alaska Geographic Series
  • Edition description: First Edition, New edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Brown is a writer, editor, freelancer, program and book developer, journalist, quilter, mother, grandmother and wife. Her work has been nationally honored for compassionate, insightful depictations of Alaska natives and for children's literature. She began her award-winning literary career in journalism, and in 1984 was the founding editor of 'Heartland", the Sunday magazine of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Later she wrote for the Anchorgae Daily News, then shifted into editing the popular monthly magazine Alaska, with a readership of more than a quarter million. She holds a Bachelor's degree in journalism and a Master of Fine Arts degree.

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Table of Contents

Introduction       Uniquely Alaskan
Map
Chapter 1        Alaska’s Native Cultures and Homelands
Chapter 2        Looking Forward, Looking Back
Chapter 3        Unanga{ (Aleut)
            Riding Ungiikan Home, by Barbara Švarný Carlson
Chapter 4        Sugpiaq (Alutiiq)
            Who Are We, Anyway? by Gordon Pullar
Chapter 5        Yup’ik
            The Four Seasons of Manokotak, by Anecia Lomack
           Yup’ik Dance Masks: Stories of Culture
Chapter 6        Siberian Yupik
Chapter 7        Iñupiat
            A Time for Whaling, by Sheila Frankson
Chapter 8        Athabascan
            People of the Yukon Flats, by Velma Wallis
Chapter 9        Eyak
Chapter 10      Tlingit
            Carving Traditions, by Nathan Jackson
Chapter 11      Tsimshian
Chapter 12      Haida
            Delores Churchill: The Weaver’s Daughter
Bibliography
Index

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