The Alaska Native Reader

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9780822344803
 
Alaska is home to more than two hundred federally recognized tribes. Featuring essays, poems, songs, stories, maps, and visual art, this book covers the perspectives of Alaska Native people, from a Tlingit photographer to Athabascan and Yup'ik linguists, and from an Alutiiq mask carver to a member of Alaska's House of Representatives.
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 in "The Alaska Native Reader" were written especially for the volume; several incorporate translations from Native languages. "The Alaska Native Reader" describes 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.
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Weight 0.612000
Author Maria Shaa Tlaa Williams
Availability IP
Format Paperback
Pages 416
Published 25/09/2009
Publisher Duke University Press
Series The World Readers
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