Living on Thin Ice: The Gwich'in Natives of Alaska

Living on Thin Ice: The Gwich'in Natives of Alaska

by Steven C. Dinero


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The Gwich’in Natives of Arctic Village, Alaska, have experienced intense social and economic changes for more than a century. In the late 20th century, new transportation and communication technologies introduced radically new value systems; while some of these changes may be seen as socially beneficial, others suggest a weakening of what was once a strong and vibrant Native community. Using quantitative and qualitative data gathered since the turn of the millennium, this volume offers an interdisciplinary evaluation of the developments that have occurred in the community over the past several decades.

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“The book is an excellent presentation of multidisciplinary methods focused steadily on the people and on their perceptions of what is going on. Most interesting for the future is that the internet may be the way to keep members of the Gwich’in diaspora connected to the village and their ‘Gwich’inness’…Highly Recommended. .All academic levels/libraries.” • Choice

“This engaging monograph is a tightly written, balanced, and timely narrative about the indigenous people of Arctic Village, Alaska (pop. less than 300), and some of the nearby relatedeight communities in northern Alaska, plus an associated community across the border in Canada…I recommend this book for a broad range of general readers and university students interested in anthropology, human geography, world systems, rural sociology, indigenous studies, Arctic societies, and environmental studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.” • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781789208344
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/12/2020
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.46(d)

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