Currently I am reading “25 years after ANSCA, we learn that it may be An Act of Deception” by Robert Rude
ANSCA is a polerizing document in the Alaska community. Many people don’t know what it is or what it does. I took some classes that touched on the subject but I don’t think I totally understand it still…even after two so-so projects I did about it for my classes. My goal before I graduate is to understand at lest the Pros and Cons of ANSCA, so if I ever have to debate it I will know what side I am on and what I’m talking about.
Read it most of this morning instead of hiking :O) being a woos about the rain and wind.
“The Native People of Alaska: Traditional Living in a Northern Land” by Steve J. Langdon
This book was an assigned reading for my Alaska Native Culture Class at the University of Alaska Southeast. Amazing class!
This is a great book to start out with if you do not know much about Native Alaskan.
- Very basic. It’s a good starting point if you have spotty knowledge of Alaska Natives or no prior knowledge of Alaska Natives
- It’s split up by each culture starting with the natives up North and stopping with the the natives down in the southern parts of Alaska
- Each section is split up in very clear subsections like food/traditions/housing and labeled clearly.
- The maps in the book are plentiful
- Does not include every tribe like the Tsimshian
- Written from an outsiders point of view
- Athabaskan sections could be bigger
- Haidas/Tlingits are two separate people putting them together just causes some confusion for people outside of our cultures.
- Something to keep in mind: Once you start reading more books on Alaska Natives you’ll find that many words are spelled differently from one book to another…it’s a weird problem but you’ll just have to use your head for it. Our languages and cultures are always changing (just like our American culture) and our written languages are quite young.
Overall this is a worth while book to read. It wont tell you everything in the world about Native Alaskans but it’ll give you a basic understanding. This understanding will be useful for the future when you start reading more books about Alaska Native cultures.
Buy | Buy at a used Book store | Borrow | Library | Skim at a Book store | Avoid |
Buy this book new if you can’t find it used. If you want to research AK Native cultures, read more about them, or just need a good evening read you’ll keep on coming back to this book.