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Ciulirnerunak yuuyaqunak. Do not live without an elder: the subsistence way of life in southwest Alaska




Feinup-Riordan, Ann, editor
University of Alaska Press, publisher

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In October of 2010, six men who were serving on the board of the Calista Elders Council (CEC) gathered in Anchorage with CEC staff to spend three days speaking about the subsistence way of life. The men shared stories of their early years growing up on the land and harvesting through the seasons, and the dangers they encountered there. The gathering was striking for its regional breadth, as elders came from the Bering Sea coast as well as the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers. And while their accounts had some commonalities, they also served to demonstrate the wide range of different approaches to subsistence in different regions. This book gathers the men's stories for the current generation and those to come. Taken together, they become more than simply oral histories--rather, they testify to the importance of transmitting memories and culture and of preserving knowledge of vanishing ways of life.--Provided by publisher.


Includes bibliographical references and index.
Text in English and Yupik.

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Access is limited to the Adams State University, Colorado State University, Colorado State University Pueblo, Community College of Denver, Fort Lewis College, Metropolitan State University Denver, Regis University, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, University of Colorado Denver, University of Denver, University of Northern Colorado, University of Wyoming, Utah State University and Western Colorado University communities only.


Yupik Eskimos -- History
Yupik Eskimos -- Social life and customs
Subsistence farming -- Alaska
Subsistence fishing -- Alaska
Subsistence hunting -- Alaska
Yupik languages -- Texts


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