Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Alaskan favorite Children of the Midnight Sun , the same author and photographer join again to collaborate on this new book Children of the First People to present the voices of a new generation of young Alaska Natives and how they celebrate their unique cultures and traditions.
From the Southeast rainforest to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta tundra, to the reaches of the far north, Alaska Native kids live a life that mixes ancient traditions with modern culture. Inside this book you’ll find ten profiles accompanied by beautiful color photographs of kids of various ages and from diverse cultures and backgrounds, as well as a map and a glossary of Native terms. No other book for children delves into all ten Native cultures with expert authority, making Children of the First People a one-of-a-kind treasure.
About the Author
Award-winning journalist, writer, editor, and program and book developer Tricia Brown has been nationally honored for compassionate, insightful depictions of Alaska Natives and for children's literature. She was the founding editor of Heartland , the Sunday magazine of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner , and later wrote for the Anchorage Daily News and edited the popular monthly magazine Alaska. She is also the author of Children of the Midnight Sun. Brown lives in Anchorage, Alaska.
Roy Corral is the photographer of several books, including My Denali , A Child’s Glacier Bay , and Children of the Midnight Sun. He lives in Eagle River, Alaska.
Table of Contents
Tyler Kramer, Iñupiat - Kotzebue
Aaliyah Tiedeman, Eyak - Cordova
Ethan Sparck, Yup’ik - Bethel
Juuyāay Christianson, Haida - Hydaburg
Hunter McCarty, Athabascan - Fort Yukon
Cyanna Bereskin, Unangax̂ (Aleut) - Unalaska
Leah Moss, Tlingit - Hoonah
Alyson Seville, Alutiiq - Chenega Bay
James Williams, Tsimshian - Metlakatla
Allyssa Asicksik, Siberian Yupik - Anchorage / Savoonga
Glossary of terms
"Long before the words of Alaska’s first people were written in books, elders taught lessons by word of mouth and by example. Each new generation learned their culture’s ways of living and how to thrive in their distant homes. Their foods and housing and cultural memories were vastly different, but still, all were Alaskan. Through the centuries and across the cultures, these important lessons have remained unchanged: show respect, take care of where you live, have patience, pray for guidance, share what you have, honor your elders, and more. The children in this generation have been handed the precious gift of ancient heritage to carry into the future. We hope you enjoy meeting them."