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Wake of the Unseen Object: Among the Native Cultures of Bush Alaska

Wake of the Unseen Object: Among the Native Cultures of Bush Alaska

by Tom Kizzia

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
On a search for aboriginal culture in Alaska's remote Native Aleut and Eskimo villages, Kizzia discovers Athabaskan softball teams, Yup'ik walrus hunters and alcohol-related crime and death. ``Aficionados of John McPhee's Coming into the Country will be intrigued by another view of Alaska,'' said PW. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Today, Alaska's Native peoples face the challenge of retaining their traditional cultures while dealing with the panoply of resources and policies laid out by white decision-makers in the lower 48 states. In this very personal account, journalist Kizzia chronicles his visits to Native settlements in Alaska's remote bush country, including descriptions of fishing for salm on from a Black River Yup'ik Eskimo fishing camp, traveling down the Tanana River to root for the Athabaskan Indian softball team from Tetlin, and cheering on a dog sled team at the first race of the season. The author tries to understand issues from a Native point of view and invites his readers to do the same. A nice addition to the growing body of literature about life in Alaska today.-- Mary B. Davis, Huntington Free Lib., Bronx, New York
School Library Journal
YA-- A fascinating yet troubling narrative. Kizzia provides sensitive insights into the conflicts and complexities that modern technology, government, and economics have brought to the indigenous people on the outer coasts of Alaska. The cultural parallels are not unlike those that have bludgeoned the natives in the lower 48, although the Alaskan distance has probably been the greatest innate agent of its preservation. Recommended reading for all, but suited for collections serving American culture and civilization curricula.

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Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
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