In this lively and sometimes poignant collection of essays and autobiographies, nearly fifty Alaska Native writers tell of their unique way of life and bear witness to the sweeping cultural changes occurring in their lifetimes. They explore a range of experiences and issues, including skinning a polar bear; traditional domestic and subsistence practices; marriage customs; alcoholism; the challenges and opportunities of modern education; balancing traditional and contemporary demands; discrimination; adapting to urban life; the treatment of Native peoples in school textbooks; and the social realities of speaking standard and avillagea English. With its fresh perspectives and unfailingly authentic voices, this collection is essential for an understanding of Alaska Native peoples today.She grew up in a family of six children, spending summers at a subsistence camp across the Kotzebue Sound and living in Kotzebue in the winters to ... wrote this essay while a junior at Kotzebue High School and a participant in an honors program at Chukchi College. ... Sandra Russell, aquot;My Experience on the Blanket Toss. ... As a child, she spent summers at her grandmothera#39;s cabin on the Noatak River picking berries as well as cutting and drying fish for their winter food supply.
|Author||:||Susan B. Andrews, John Creed|
|Publisher||:||U of Nebraska Press - 1998-01-01|