Native Cultures in Alaska: Looking Forward, Looking Back

Native Cultures in Alaska: Looking Forward, Looking Back

by Alaska Geographic Association, Tricia Brown (Editor)

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In the minds of most Americans, Native culture in Alaska amounts to Eskimos and igloos....The latest publication of the Alaska Geographic Society offers an accessible and attractive antidote to such misconceptions. Native Cultures in Alaska blends beautiful photographs with informative text to create a striking portrait of the state's diverse and dynamic indigenous population.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780882407562
Publisher: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
Publication date: 03/30/2012
Series: Alaska Geographic Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 767,657
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Alaska Geographic is a nonprofit publisher, educator, and supporter of Alaska's parks, forests, and refuges. A portion of every purchase at Alaska Geographic bookstores directly supports educational and interpretive programs at Alaska's public lands.

Tricia Brown is a full-time writer and editor. She received her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Since 1978, she has traveled nearly every inch of Alaska's road system and flown into its remotest places while writing and editing for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, the Anchorage Daily News and Alaska magazine. She has written books for adults and children on Alaska life, travel and history.

Table of Contents

Introduction       Uniquely Alaskan
Chapter 1        Alaska’s Native Cultures and Homelands
Chapter 2        Looking Forward, Looking Back
Chapter 3        Unanga{ (Aleut)
            Riding Ungiikan Home, by Barbara Švarný Carlson
Chapter 4        Sugpiaq (Alutiiq)
            Who Are We, Anyway? by Gordon Pullar
Chapter 5        Yup’ik
            The Four Seasons of Manokotak, by Anecia Lomack
           Yup’ik Dance Masks: Stories of Culture
Chapter 6        Siberian Yupik
Chapter 7        Iñupiat
            A Time for Whaling, by Sheila Frankson
Chapter 8        Athabascan
            People of the Yukon Flats, by Velma Wallis
Chapter 9        Eyak
Chapter 10      Tlingit
            Carving Traditions, by Nathan Jackson
Chapter 11      Tsimshian
Chapter 12      Haida
            Delores Churchill: The Weaver’s Daughter

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"It is a real treat to encounter this book. . . It gives the origin of the people as far as known, tells something of their traditional crafts and arts, illustrates with photographs of those and the people, and best of all, addresses their home territories and proper names. . . This little book gives a clear picture of the Native Alaskans working on a nice balance between the modern world and their traditional one, ‘Looking forward and looking back’. . . Buy one to keep and one for a friend Outside."
—Dee Longenbaugh,, Sitka Sentinel

“. . . lavishly illustrated with lots of beautiful photographs . . . a good volume for school libraries.”
—David A. James, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

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