Life at Swift Water Place: Northwest Alaska at the threshold of European contact

dc.contributor.authorAnderson, Douglas D., editor
dc.contributor.authorAnderson, Wanni W., editor
dc.contributor.authorUniversity of Alaska Press, publisher
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references and index.
dc.description.abstractThe book describes the lifeways of the Inupiat of the lower Kobuk River Valley around the beginning of the 19th century, as gleaned from archaeological and oral historic research. Spanning the time just prior to and following the arrival of Otto von Kotzebue to the shores of Kotzebue Sound, our account focuses on that momentous point in history that set the stage for the incorporation of Inupiat into Western culture and the World economy. It describes what may well have been Northwest Alaska's most powerful riverine nation - the Amilgaqtuayaaqmiut - and its interactions with neighboring Inupiaq and Athapaskan peoples at the time. We make the case that this powerful nation was in fact a major political entity, one of several nations comprising the three regional Inupiaq groupings along the Kobuk River described by Ernest S. Burch, Jr. in his University of Alaska Press publications, "The Inupiaq Eskimo Nations of Northwest Alaska" (1998) and "Social Life in Northwest Alaska" (2006). Contrary to Burch who considered the 3 regional groupings as primary societal formations, we see the Amilgaqtuayaaqmiut and other similarly organized social groups as the region's primary polities.--Provided by publisher.
dc.description.tableofcontentsChapter 1. The Archaeology of Swift Water Place / Douglas D. Anderson and Bruce J. Lutz -- Chapter 2. Survival and Settlement on the Kobuk: A Zooarchaeological Investigation of Two Northwest Alaska Houses / Rebekah DeAngelo and Zoe Weiss -- Chapter 3. Geophysical Investigations at Swift Water Place / Thomas M. Urban -- Chapter 4. Dendrochronology of Swift Water Place and Other Tree-Ring Samples from Northwest Alaska / Carol Griggs, Cynthia Kocik, Thomas M. Urban, and Sturt W. Manning -- Chapter 5. Iñuułiq Niġisuk: Bioarchaeological Assessment of Human Remains Recovered from Swift Water Place / Gary P. Aronsen -- Chapter 6. Genetic and Microscopic Analysis of Human Dental Calculus from Swift Water Place / Christina Warinner, Andrew Ozga, Anita Radini, Krithivasan Sankaranarayanan, and Cecil M. Lewis Jr. -- Chapter 7. Stable Isotopic Dietary Analysis of Human and Faunal Remains from Swift Water Place / Peter W. Ditchfield, Thomas M. Urban, and Douglas D. Anderson -- Chapter 8. Molecular Genetic Analysis of the Human Remains at Swift Water Place / Justin Tackney, Elisa Fair, and Dennis H. O'Rourke -- Chapter 9. Triangulating Oral History, Archaeology, and Geophysics at Swift Water Place / Wanni W. Anderson -- Chapter 10. Northwest Alaska Iñupiaq Historiography / Douglas D. Anderson and Wanni W. Anderson.
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dc.subject.lcshInupiat -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
dc.subject.lcshInupiat -- Alaska -- Kobuk River Valley -- History -- 19th century
dc.subject.lcshInupiat -- First contact with other peoples -- Alaska -- Kobuk River Valley
dc.titleLife at Swift Water Place: Northwest Alaska at the threshold of European contact
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