The Native People of Alaska: Traditional Living in a Northern Land Paperback – Jan 2002
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Desirable, thorough and attractive... -- Ann Chandonet, Anchorage Times
Every Alaskan should read this book. ... for students, Alaskans, and the old timer who wants to know more... -- William Demmert, former Alaska Commissioner of Education
From the Publisher
This book was originally produced as in introductory guide for first-time visitors to Alaska. It is the publisher's most popular book and has remained in print continuously for twelve years due to its strong sales. It now has been added as a required textbook at most, if not all, colleges, universities and junior colleges in Alaska. Also has been sold to other schools such as Penn State, University of Victoria, and University of California for various courses in American Indian studies, social studies etc. Also carried at most museums in the state. This is a unique book in that it covers the same topics for all six major Native groups in the state, allowing easy comparisons between groups and avoiding the need to purchase many other books to obtain information about each group separately.See all Product Description
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The first chapter is an introduction followed by six chapters that each deal with a region of Alaska. These six chapters break down the information of that area into history, population, technologies, diet, beliefs, trade, warfare, ceremonies, first contact with Europeans and how that effected their way of life.
The last chapter is an overview of Alaskan history from first contact with the Russians to the first years of the 21st Century. There is also a list of museums and cultural centers in the back of the book that you can visit when in Alaska.
I love this book which I got from the Anchorage Museum of History and Art and think anybody who wants to understand or enjoy Alaska must buy it.
The photograph of the woman and child is actually my great-great grandmother Avitniya, and her child is my great-grandmother Hilda.
It was amazing to find this picture on a book cover.
This is a well-organized, enlightening book, although I suggest having a good general map of Alaska on hand to identify the geographical boundaries detailed. An Appendix of museums and cultural centers is a useful addition.