The VISTA-Alaska Letters [NOOK Book]

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I arrived in Alaska in July 1969, accompanied by my wife Suzie, as a VISTA Volunteer. A few days in Anchorage were followed by several weeks of Yupik Eskimo language training at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. This training was offered to those of us who had been assigned to Yupik villages. In my general ignorance of Alaska I had requested assignment to an “Eskimo village, in the Interior, with rivers, mountains and forests.” As it turned that such a place actually existed, Little Russian Mission, on the ...
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The VISTA-Alaska Letters

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Overview

I arrived in Alaska in July 1969, accompanied by my wife Suzie, as a VISTA Volunteer. A few days in Anchorage were followed by several weeks of Yupik Eskimo language training at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. This training was offered to those of us who had been assigned to Yupik villages. In my general ignorance of Alaska I had requested assignment to an “Eskimo village, in the Interior, with rivers, mountains and forests.” As it turned that such a place actually existed, Little Russian Mission, on the middle Kuskokwim River, 300 air miles west of Anchorage. Duly warned that I would have to build my own cabin as no housing existed, I blithely flew off to the most educational year of my life.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149705214
  • Publisher: Graham Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/8/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 909,052
  • File size: 129 KB

Meet the Author

Bush Foundation Creative Writing Fellow, and award winning non-fiction writer, Edward W. Wilson begins a new series of mystery novels with Kodiak Island featuring psychotherapist Ethan McLaren. A former resident of Kodiak, and a long time rural Alaskan, Dr. Wilson’s upcoming works include the young adult novel The Trail to Eagle Rock; a collection of award winning short sketches, An Alaskan Almanac; the memoir Traveling Home; and three collections of Letters From the Bush: Little Russian Mission, Pt. Hope, and Rampart.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2014

    It saddens me that the opportunity to do what Wilson did no long

    It saddens me that the opportunity to do what Wilson did no longer exists. Life has become much too safe and "civilized" and the risks no longer exist, even in Alaska. That's easy to forget, and easier yet to remember when reading this memoir of a time so close in years and so far in possibilities.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Talk about a journey back into time: historical, political, and

    Talk about a journey back into time: historical, political, and physical. Imagine being dropped off a small plane into the 1890's and told to: build a cabin, fend for yourself, be helpful, and, or yes, survive at 45 degrees below zero. And that's just the beginning! Loved it!

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