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Nunakun-gguq ciutengqertut. They say they have ears through the ground: animal essays from Southwest Alaska


Lifeways in Southwest Alaska today remains inextricably bound to the seasonal cycles of sea and land. Community members continue to hunt, fish, and make products from the life found in the rivers and sea. Based on a wealth of oral histories collected over decades of research, this book explores the ancestral relationship between Yup'ik people and the natural world of Southwest Alaska. Nunakun-gguq Ciutengqertut studies the overlapping lives of the Yup'ik with native plants, animals, and birds, and traces how these relationships transform as more Yup'ik relocate to urban areas and with the changing environment. The book is presented in bilingual format, with facing-page translations, and will be hailed as a milestone work in the anthropological study of contemporary Alaska.--Provided by publisher


Includes bibliographical references and index.
Texts 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 of 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 -- Social life and customs
Yupik Eskimos -- Food
Yupik Eskimos -- Fishing
Traditional ecological knowledge -- Alaska, Southwest
Traditional fishing -- Alaska, Southwest
Subsistence fishing -- Alaska, Southwest
Human-animal relationships -- Alaska, Southwest
Oral history -- Alaska


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