• Liitukut Sugpiat'Stun (We Are Learning How To Be Real People): Exploring Kodiak Alutiiq Literature Through Core Values

      Drabek, Alisha Susana; Barnhardt, Ray (2012)
      The decline of Kodiak Alutiiq oral tradition practices and limited awareness or understanding of archived stories has kept them from being integrated into school curriculum. This study catalogs an anthology of archived Alutiiq literature documented since 1804, and provides an historical and values-based analysis of Alutiiq literature, focused on the educational significance of stories as tools for individual and community wellbeing. The study offers an exploration of values, worldview and knowledge embedded in Alutiiq stories. It also provides a history of colonial impacts on Alutiiq education and an in-depth study of the early colonial observers and ethnographers who collected Alutiiq oral literature, clarifying the context in which the stories have been retold or framed. Collections of traditional Indigenous literatures are valuable on many levels. This collection is of historical and personal significance for local Kodiak Alutiiq tribal members' identity as it makes these resources more accessible for community members and educators, and therefore accessible to younger and future generations. The conclusion also provides recommendations for next steps for developing curriculum and revitalizing Alutiiq oral traditions. The book is intended to contribute to an understanding of the evolution of cultural traditions in Alaska, and to serve as a model for similar cultural reclamation and education efforts.
    • The Crossing

      Radford, Laura Anne (1995)
      The short stories in this collection focus on small but revealing moments in the lives of the various characters. The stories take place in a short period in which choices present themselves. Finding themselves paralyzed in their own inertia, the characters see the problems facing them yet choose the path of least resistance.<p> As implied by the title, The Crossing, many boundaries, ideas, and expectations are crossed over but not resolved. The characters come to greater understandings of themselves and their situations, but have yet to act on them.<p> In all but one story, the point of view is in third person, which narrows the focus and heightens the intensity of emotion. The action is quiet, often focusing on gestures rather than explosions. The characters and conflicts are not extraordinary, and it is in this that the stories gain their verisimilitude. <p>
    • The Last Settlers

      Brice, Jennifer Page (1995)
      The American frontier closed in 1986 without fanfare. Earlier in that decade, the federal government offered up the last 40,000 acres for settlement in two parcels. The first was near Lake Minchumina, in the geographic center of Alaska, and the second was at Slana, near Alaska's eastern border with Canada. The following essays chronicle the daily doings of two communities and, in particular, two families: the Hannans of Deadfish Lake and the Craigs of South Slana. A work of literary journalism, The Last Settlers draws on interviews, historical documents and reminiscences to explore the changing meanings, on the cusp of the twenty-first century, of wilderness and civilization, stewardship and community. <p>
    • Walk Softly With Me: Adventures Of A Woman Big-Game Guide In Alaska

      Mcleod-Everette, Sharon Esther; Murray, John A. (1993)
      Walk Softly With Me: Adventures of a Woman Big-Game Guide in Alaska is a memoir blending adventure, description, dialogue, and humor. The animals and landscapes in Interior Alaska are revealed through the eyes of a woman tackling the male-dominated arena of big-game guiding. The thesis describes the author's evolution from hunting rabbits and tender moose for subsistence to leading clients in search of trophies. In an attempt to provide an objective view of the ethics of hunting and game management, the author explores the question of why we hunt and our relationship with the animals we pursue.<p> The thesis is written in informal first person point of view, beginning with early homesteading life and moving through scenes with hunters and other guides. The natural history of animals is woven into the narrative, as are the changes that the author experiences. The thesis culminates with the author's introspective look at why she guides and whether she will continue. <p>
    • What I'm Waiting For

      Simpson, Sheryl Ann (1995)
      What I'm Waiting For is a collection of essays that explores the boundaries between people and wilderness in Alaska. Most of the essays use childhood experience and journeys into the country to examine the relationship of history, myth, imagination, and language to landscape and wildlife. The style shifts among literary journalism, personal essay, and memoir as the narrator tries to locate her own place within these relationships. The viewpoint moves from an outsider's perspective represented by the narrator as a reporter, to an insider's stance as someone who grew up in the state. The writing attempts to overcome northern stereotypes and to present deeper meanings offered by Alaska's wilderness. <p>