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Yuuyaraq

The Way of the Human Being

by Napoleon, Harold

Madsen, Eric (ed.)

5.5 x 8.5, x + 66 pages

Format: paper

Price: $5.95

1996

From the introduction

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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