Paitarkiutenka / My Legacy to You

Paitarkiutenka / My Legacy to You

by Frank "Miisaq" Andrew Sr.
     
 

Yup'ik elders of southwest Alaska recall, "Our ancestors were never heavy with a tool kit." They carried in their minds what they needed to live rich lives in the harsh environment of the Bering Sea coast. Frank Andrew, Sr. (1917-2006), was one of the few elders to bring this knowledge into the twenty-first century.

Not only did Frank Andrew possess knowledge and

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Yup'ik elders of southwest Alaska recall, "Our ancestors were never heavy with a tool kit." They carried in their minds what they needed to live rich lives in the harsh environment of the Bering Sea coast. Frank Andrew, Sr. (1917-2006), was one of the few elders to bring this knowledge into the twenty-first century.

Not only did Frank Andrew possess knowledge and wisdom—he shared it. For five years before his death he worked tirelessly with Yup'ik translators Alice Rearden and Marie Meade and anthropologist Ann Fienup-Riordan to document his knowledge of life on the Bering Sea coast. What he shared is specific to the Canineq (lower coastal) area at the mouth of the Kuskokwim River. When he talked about kayak building, tomcod fishing, or bird hunting, it was based on his own experience in the area surrounding Kwigillingok, where he spent his life. His unprecedented depth of knowledge and eloquent storytelling inspired this book.

Paitarkiutenka / My Legacy to You is the bilingual companion volume to Yuungnaqpiallerput / The Way We Genuinely Live: Masterworks of Yup'ik Science and Survival, which gives readers a sense of the complexity and variety of Yup'ik tools and technology. Paitarkiutenka offers greater detail about working with wood, kayak construction, and coastal hunting. Stories and information on seasonal activities in the Canineq area appear here for the first time. This book acknowledges the enormous amount of information and remarkable skills that each individual needed to live life on the Bering Sea coast; it is Frank Andrew's legacy to us all.

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Editorial Reviews

Oral History Review
As the human story of a gifted storyteller and his people, Paitarkiutenka is a story that generates understanding, compassion, and respect for the Yup'ik way of life. This makes it a valuable read for anyone working with indigenous peoples irrespective of region or those interested in gaining an appreciation of the seamless connection between Yup'ik identity and history, the natural world, and oral tradition in the contemporary world.

Pacific Northwest Quarterly
These two publications, Paitarkiutenka and Yuungnaqpiallerput, are fitting companions, bringing to life the deep and ancient connections between the Yupik people and their ancestral homeland.

Alaska History
This book, like the others edited and translated by the trio, is a masterpiece of cultural knowledge. The information is encyclopedically detailed in a way that no third-person ethnography can be. And it is entirely credible because Andrew, like other Yupiit, is careful to share only information that he knows from personal experience.... By including references in the body of the work, and then expanding them at the end, the editors remind the reader of the holistic nature of Yup'ik life in which the spiritual, physical, moral, and genealogical are tied together inextricably.

Arctic
Paitarkiutenka / My Legacy to You... provides a wealth of information about all facets of Yupik life.... This latest book is so well done, and the impressive descriptions by Frank Andrew about his vast experiences are so extraordinary, that we can hope the legacy will be carried on in new and perhaps surprising ways.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780295987804
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Pages:
582
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
216 - 3 Months

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