Occasionally an author takes bits and pieces of information that many people are more or less familiar with and puts them together in a way that offers new possibilities for understanding events around us. The focal paper in this volume, Harold Napoleon's "Yuuyaraq," is such a discussion about the initial and continuing effects of the epidemics that afflicted Alaska Natives from the 1770s through the 1940s. Napoleon's premise is that this death on a massive scale wiped out the culture-bearers and left psychological scars that continue today. This volume presents Napoleon's essay along with an introduction by Eric Madsen and commentary by Native elders and others.
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