The Wake of the Unseen Object: Travels through Alaska's Native Landscapes

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"In the course of a two-year odyssey . . . Kizzia visited numerous native settlements, interviewed leaders and followers, and wrote the feature articles that make up this charming, informative book. . . . Kizzia writes a clear, unobtrusive prose that crystallizes in memorable images."-Washington Post

"A boatful of native Alaskans slapping downriver through the chop on their way to the biggest softball game of the season. A hunter singing the old songs for hunting luck, as he snowmobiles onto the ice with his rifle. Such contrasts-Eskimo and

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Overview

"In the course of a two-year odyssey . . . Kizzia visited numerous native settlements, interviewed leaders and followers, and wrote the feature articles that make up this charming, informative book. . . . Kizzia writes a clear, unobtrusive prose that crystallizes in memorable images."-Washington Post

"A boatful of native Alaskans slapping downriver through the chop on their way to the biggest softball game of the season. A hunter singing the old songs for hunting luck, as he snowmobiles onto the ice with his rifle. Such contrasts-Eskimo and outsider, ancient and modern-run through Tom Kizzia's chronicle of travels in the Alaska bush in search of 'ancestral landscapes.'"-Smithsonian

Tom Kizzia is a journalist at the Anchorage Daily News.

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Editorial Reviews

Smithsonian

"A boatful of native Alaskans slapping downriver through the chop on their way to the biggest softball game of the season. A hunter singing the old songs for hunting luck, as he snowmobiles onto the ice with his rifle. Such contrasts—Eskimo and outsider, ancient and modern—run through Tom Kizzia's chronicle of travels in the Alaska bush in search of 'ancestral landscapes.'"—Smithsonian
Boston Globe

"Kizzia writes with a quiet compassion that brings the people and their hard land clearly into focus."—Boston Globe
Philadelphia Inquirer

"Kizzia . . . is a thoughtful and lyrical writer who manages to be sensitive without veering into sentimentality. . . . [He] joined Eskimos and Athabaskan Indians in steambaths and softball games. He visited their homes and their Russian Orthodox churches and their fishing camps. He even went on a ruthless whale hunt with two young Eskimos, a skiff and a .22-caliber rifle. A careful and sympathetic observer."—Philadelphia Inquirer
Washington Post

"In the course of a two-year odyssey . . . Kizzia visited numerous native settlements, interviewed leaders and followers, and wrote the feature articles that make up this charming, informative book. . . . Kizzia writes a clear, unobtrusive prose that crystallizes in memorable images."—Washington Post
Smithsonian

"A boatful of native Alaskans slapping downriver through the chop on their way to the biggest softball game of the season. A hunter singing the old songs for hunting luck, as he snowmobiles onto the ice with his rifle. Such contrasts—Eskimo and outsider, ancient and modern—run through Tom Kizzia''s chronicle of travels in the Alaska bush in search of ''ancestral landscapes.""

Washington Post

"In the course of a two-year odyssey . . . Kizzia visited numerous native settlements, interviewed leaders and followers, and wrote the feature articles that make up this charming, informative book. . . . Kizzia writes a clear, unobtrusive prose that crystallizes in memorable images."

Philadelphia Inquirer

"Kizzia . . . is a thoughtful and lyrical writer who manages to be sensitive without veering into sentimentality. . . . [He] joined Eskimos and Athabaskan Indians in steambaths and softball games. He visited their homes and their Russian Orthodox churches and their fishing camps. He even went on a ruthless whale hunt with two young Eskimos, a skiff and a .22-caliber rifle. A careful and sympathetic observer."

Boston Globe

"Kizzia writes with a quiet compassion that brings the people and their hard land clearly into focus."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803277885
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 278
  • Sales rank: 961,827
  • Product dimensions: 0.61 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

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Tom Kizzia is a journalist at the Anchorage Daily News.
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