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Traditional Life

Traditional life in Chevak - Alaskool's Chevak team headed up by John Pingayak has put together a great set of materials on traditional life in Chevak - streaming stories, descriptions of life and activities, a glossary with audio files. Includes Mr. Pingayak's curriculum The Cup'ik People of the Western Tundra and lessons on qayaq building.

Cultural Uses of Alaska Marine Mammals, Part I and Part II, by Ronald H. Brower Sr.

Culture and Change for Iñupiat and Yupiks of Alaska, by Edna Ahgeak MacLean. Also available in Portable Document Format (PDF) - requires free Adobe Acrobat Reader

Aspects of Traditional Education by Paul Ongtooguk

Ipani Eskimos, A Cycle of Life in Nature, a book by James K. Wells, Alaska Methodist University Press, 1974. "There are countless books, research papers, articles and essays written about Alaska Natives, this is one of the few books written by an Alaska Native. The prose is simple and clear. It is easy to enjoy the read and overlook how it challenges stereotypes about traditional life. The author shows a life involving a great deal of knowledge and a range of skills and tools that many will find surprising. Traditional life consisted of a great understanding, work and learning to live in a particular area people made into their home." ...Paul Ongtooguk

Traditional Eskimo Life in the Latter Twentieth Century, by Douglas B. Anderson, Wanni W. Anderson, Ray Bane, Richard K. Nelson, Nita Sheldon Towarak. "The following remembrances were taped in Iñupiat, transcribed, and then translated as closely as possible to the narrator's original words. These reminiscences give a sense for the way Kuuvafmiut people feel toward their land and cultural heritage, the events that have shaped their lives, the values they hold, and the times that have brought them happiness or disappointment."

Whaling: A Way of Life - Written by Tupou L. Pulu, Ruth Ramoth-Samplson, and Angeline Newlin. From traditional knowledge provided by David (Umigluk) Frankson and Dinah (Aviq) Frankson of Point Hope, Alaska. Features diagrams, drawings, and sheet music for traditional whaling celebration dances.

Whale Hunting in Harmony by Patrick Attungana who gave a presentation during a conference for the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission on February 11 -13, 1985. This article is from the Alaska Native News magazine (June, 1985). Attungana's speech translated by James Mumibana Nageak from a tape provided by the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Captain's Office.

Aleut Images Edited by Dana G. Anderson
This book is a collection of articles about Aleut culture contributed by those listed as class projects at Alaska Pacific University based on materials gathered from a variety of verbal conversations and written sources.

Subsistence timeline

From Skeptic to Believer: The Making of an Oral Historian by Ernest S. Burch, Jr. -- From Alaska History, Vol. 6, No. 1, Spring 1991

Salmon Fish Traps in Alaska: An Economic History Perspective by Steve Colt, University of Alaska, Anchorage. February 15, 2000.

Juggling in Alaska as an Historic Native American Pastime, Jim Kerr, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Anchorage, Alaska Juggler's World, Vol 36, No 1, March 1984