Alaska Native Reader History, Culture, Politics

ISBN-10: 0822344807
ISBN-13: 9780822344803
Edition: 2009
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Description: Alaska is home to more than two hundred federally recognized tribes. Yet the long histories and diverse cultures of Alaska's first peoples are often ignored, while the stories of Russian fur hunters and U.S. gold-miners, of salmon canneries and oil  More...

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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 9/25/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Alaska is home to more than two hundred federally recognized tribes. Yet the long histories and diverse cultures of Alaska's first peoples are often ignored, while the stories of Russian fur hunters and U.S. gold-miners, of salmon canneries and oil pipelines, are praised. Filled with essays, poems, songs, stories, maps, and visual art, this volume foregrounds the perspectives of Alaska Native people, from a Tlingit photographer to Athabascan and Yup'ik linguists, and from an Alutiiq mask carver to a prominent Native politician and member of Alaska's House of Representatives. The contributors, most of whom are Alaska Native, include scholars, political leaders, activists, and artists. The majority of the pieces inThe Alaska Native Readerwere written especially for the volume; several incorporate translations from Native languages.The Alaska Native Readerdescribes indigenous worldviews, languages, arts, and other cultural traditions as well as contemporary efforts to preserve them. Several pieces examine Alaska Natives' experiences of and resistance to Russian and American colonialism; some of these address land claims, self-determination, and sovereignty. Essays discuss contemporary Alaska Native literature, indigenous philosophical and spiritual tenets, and the ways that Native peoples are represented in the media. Others take up such diverse topics as the use of digital technologies to document Native cultures, planning systems that have enabled indigenous communities to survive in the Arctic for thousands of years, and a project to accurately represent Dena'ina heritage in and around Anchorage. Fourteen of the volume's many illustrations appear in colour; these include work by the contemporary artists Subhankar Banerjee, Perry, Eaton, Erica Lord, and Larry McNeil.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Alaska and Its People: An Introduction
Portraits of Nations: Telling Our Own Story
Empire: Processing Colonization
Worldviews: Alaska Native and Indigenous Epistemologies
Native Arts: A Weaving of Melody and Color
Ravenstales
Suggestions for Further Reading
Acknowledgment of Copyrights
Index

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